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10 ideas for your "something blue"

Blue stitching in a wedding dress

No wedding would be complete without the traditional exchange of vows. Another important century-old tradition is that every bride is expected to find "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue".

The something old represents continuity and a link to the bride's family; hence it's usually a heirloom given by the bride's mother or grandma. The something new symbolises her hopes and optimism for the future, and is represented by a new dress, jewellery or even flowers.

The something borrowed is often an item loaned by a happily married woman in the hope that her marital bliss will extend to the new bride too. The something blue dates to Roman times when the colour blue signified fidelity, and is usually represented by a blue garter. Wearing these items on the wedding day, is supposed to bring good luck and a long-lasting marriage.

While modern brides still follow tradition, many would also love the wedding to represent their personality. And no, I don't mean a full-on Shrek themed wedding; a subtle hint will do. More and more brides are ditching the blue garter and choosing to incorporate some of their favourite things into their big day. We've found brides using everything from blue ribbons to wrap their bouquets to carrying a bouquet of blue flowers.

If you're still stumped about how to blend your style with tradition, here are ten contemporary ideas to choose from:

 

1. Blue Suede Shoes

 

Wearing a pair of blue heels as you strut down the aisle is a sure way to stand out on your wedding day. Go as bold as you dare in navy Louboutins or understated in robin egg blue flats - blue shoes look simply amazing in photos!

 

 

2. In Your Face

Using navy blue eye shadow or mascara can really make your eyes pop against your subtle make-up. But if you'd rather show your colours elsewhere, let your fingers (and toes) do the talking with blue nail polish.

 

 

3. Blue Sparkles

Planning an autumn wedding? Why not use a sapphire - the birthstone of September - in your wedding jewellery? The rich dark blue hue of a sapphire goes especially well with fall wedding colours. You can also use blue earrings or bracelets to jazz up your all-white ensemble.

 

 

 

4. Flowers in Her Hair

Ditch the traditional veil and channel your inner bohemian with a handmade floral crown. Weave in forget-me-nots, dark blue hydrangea, blue thistle or dandelions into a crown that is as unique as you are.

 

 

5. An Essential Clutch

A small clutch can come in handy for holding your make-up and phone, so choose one in a shade of blue that will pop quite nicely against your white dress.

 

 

6. Be Bold in a Blue Wedding Dress

According to old English folklore, a blue wedding dress means 'Your love is true'. Whether you believe that or not, picking a blue gown over traditional white is one way to stand out.

 

 

7. Something Blue

For a less visual 'something blue', spritz on Oscar de la Renta's "Something Blue" Perfume. Described as classy, fresh and light, this fragrance is aimed at women who appreciate the beautiful wedding dresses designed by Oscar de la Renta, The summer fragrance smells like a bouquet of real flowers, and is perfect for wearing during the day and or at night.

 

 

8. Blue Bridal Lingerie

Wanna save your something blue for your new husband? Then get sexy lingerie in pale blue or with blue accents, like a bow for him to pull *wink*. Get his heart racing with a pair monogrammed with 'The Mrs' or Mrs 'Your new last name'.

 

 

9. Your Bridesmaids

Pay homage to your 'leading ladies' as you dress them up in different shades of blue. Cue the fabulous photos with them flanking your white dress.

 

 

10. Blue Totes to Go

Show your thoughtful side by handing out gift bags stuffed with necessities like mints, sweets or bottles of water. Of course, make sure the bags are in your favourite shade of blue.

It's YOUR wedding, and you have the right to interpret traditions as you see fit. Whether you flash your blues in an ombré nail rainbow or with your wedding date stitched into your dress, the most important thing is that it reflects your essence.

For more tips on planning the perfect wedding day, browse through our extensive range of wedding decorations, or call us on 01282 850032 to enquire about something specific - we're always happy to help inspire you!

26 September, 2015

6 Little Touches that Will Make Your Wedding One to Remember

Creating a memorable wedding is all about the little details, not just in terms of decoration, but also in terms of those subtle touches that will make your guests remember your wedding for years to come. These six tips will elevate your wedding from a pleasant ceremony to a fun-filled occasion for all involved.

Flip Flops

If you want your guests to enjoy your wedding, you need to give their feet some consideration! Standing for pictures, walking around all day and dancing might not be so bad for the men, but for your female guests in high heels, it is going to get a little tiring.

Wedding flip flops in sand
 
Maybe it’s not practical to hire an in-house team of masseurs for your wedding, so why not invest in some flip flops to distribute amongst your female guests? This will rescue them from sore feet and keep that happy atmosphere going for longer.

Games

Games are a tried and tested way to boost the fun factor of any occasion, and your nuptial celebrations are no exception! By incorporating fun trivia games, puzzles to solve, and other party entertainment, you can ensure that your wedding is one that guests will remember.
But the fun needn’t be confined to indoors. For a summer wedding, why not get your guests outside for some garden games? It is these little experiences that will make your wedding memorable, and your guests will always remember how much fun they had.

Fans

Everyone loves a summer wedding, but what happens when the mercury starts rising to uncomfortable levels? Giving hand fans to your guests is a great way to combat this.
Not only will it help to keep guests cool, they also make a great accessory and a charming keepsake from your wedding day. Choose from our unique collection of fan design favours to match your wedding theme to add a stylish little bit of detail, which also serves a practical purpose in those sometimes stifling summer temperatures.

Toiletries

Weddings are a time when everyone wants to look their best, and to look great you need to feel great too. This is why adding little baskets of toiletries to the bathrooms at your wedding is a great idea. Fill these baskets with all the essentials that your guests might need – including hand creams, scented mist sprays and other cosmetic treats – and give your friends, family and loved ones a pampered experience they will really appreciate.
There is no gender bias at work here; men love this kind of thing too! Stock your wedding with “his ‘n’ hers” baskets in the bathrooms and watch your special day go down a storm.

Bubbles

Sometimes you need to break away from those traditional wedding tropes and try something new, so how about introducing bubbles to your nuptials rather than confetti?

Bubbles during the first dance


Bubbles make for great photo opportunities as they drift above your guest’s heads, are great fun for kids to play with, and are far easier to clean up after the ceremony. If you want to keep everyone happy without compromising on the charm and aesthetic of your special day, bubbles tick every box!

Personalised Favours

You’ve invited your guests to your wedding to share an incredibly special moment in your life, so it is only fair to show them the courtesy of catering for their specific tastes and requirements. Maybe some of your guests are lactose intolerant, or have allergies to nuts, gluten or other foodstuffs. By creating wedding favour bags or baskets, carefully tailored to what they need, you can help to make an already special day that little bit more warm and wonderful for everyone concerned.
Have you tried any of these little touches? Have any to share with us? Get in touch and let us know!

07 September, 2015