Friday, 4 November 2011

Something Blue

As I’m sure most of you know, there is a custom that states a bride is to carry or wear four objects to bring her luck on her wedding day – “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. This dates back to an old English rhyme that actually ended with “a sixpence in your shoe”.

According to this tradition, each item is associated with a different representation – something old a symbol for continuity while something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, and last but not least, something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity. The sixpence in the shoe accounts for good fortune and prosperity, but nowadays this last part of the verse is widely forgotten (I can’t imagine that a coin inside a pair of Louboutin pumps would make them any more comfortable than they already are not).

I personally think it’s sweet to uphold this little ritual. On my wedding day, I used my grandmother’s Kiddush cup to drink kosher wine during the ceremony for my something old, while my dress acted as my something new. My mother’s wedding band was used in our ceremony, representing something borrowed, and finally, my wonderful friends bought me a Montreal Canadiens (Mr. Z’s favourite hockey team) garter, to wear as my something blue.

It’s really beautiful when these items are family heirlooms or have personal meaning attached to them, but it’s also a lot of fun to be innovative in your choices!

You’ve got the old and the new; ask a friend to borrow and then buy something blue! Here are some cute and creative ways to incorporate the colour into your day;

Under-where? Under your dress...

Hanky Panky - Rosalyn Low Rise Thong

Victoria's Secret - Sexy Little Bride Garter
Polish 'em off...
Essie - Midnight Cami

OPI - I Vant to be A-lone Star

These blues were made for walkin'...

Gucci - Sofia Etoile high heel sandal - Neiman Marcus

Miu Miu - suede criss-cross platform sandal - Saks Fifth Avenue

Pour La Victoire - Cristella peep-toe pump - Amazon
Flowing florals...

Martha Stewart Weddings



Adorn your bouquet with a best-in-show brooch or pin;

Alexis Bittar - small orchid pin - Saks Fifth Avenue

Torquata - Butterfly Kiss brooch - BHLDN

Melissa Joy Manning - Dew Drop pin - BHLDN

All that glitters!
Alvina Abramova - sapphire glass-drop Susie earrings - Max & Chloe

Brian Danielle - diamond and blue topaz Studs - Max & Chloe
Azaara - clear and blue crystal bangle - Azaara

Janis by Janis Savitt - blue crystal cuff - Max & Chloe
Gala - Pila ring - Max & Chloe
Betsey Johnson - Big Bow Charm necklace - Betsey Johnson

Ippolita - Teardrop Pendant - Bergdorf Goodman

Embellish your tresses...

Tilley Jewels Bride - ornate light blue scroll hair pins - Etsy

Tasha - double flower hair clip - Nordstrom

and when emotions (or mascara) run high...

Artful Beginnings - paisley handkerchief with French lace - Etsy

Roses are red, violets are will you include this lovely hue?



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