20 "Something Blue" Ideas for Your Wedding
From bouquets to cake decorations to even blue nails, check out these fun ways to incorporate something blue into your wedding.
Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith
Photo By: Julie Paisley
For my something blue, I had a vintage handkerchief with little blue embroidered flowers. It was great to have this on hand during the wedding ceremony for “happy tears,” and now I plan to frame it along with my pressed bouquet and wedding program.
Make a bold exit with your something blue. Rent a vintage hippie van or a classic muscle car for an unforgettable getaway your guests will love. Vintage rides also make great backdrops for wedding portraits.
Greet your wedding guests with something blue before the ceremony even starts. This gorgeous velvet guest book is the perfect wedding keepsake. Display it with a Fujifilm Instax camera, film packs and tape so that guests can add a fun photo.
Buy It: Etsy, $64.12
One of the best things I ever did for my wedding was rent vintage furniture — especially an antique, velvet sofa. It gave me and my wife a chance to sit (that was probably the only time I was sitting all evening!) and take photos from a different angle instead of just standing together. The shots we took sitting down are actually some of my favorite because we’re more relaxed and casual. I think a tufted, blue loveseat is perfect for any vintage-inspired wedding.
You don’t have to wear your something blue, but if you want it to be part of your wedding day outfit, a blue bouquet is a solid and easy choice. And it doesn’t have to be an all-blue bouquet either. Pair blue and white flowers together or just stick one blue forget-me-not in your bouquet for a subtle, hidden touch of blue.
Incorporate your something blue into your wedding ceremony with personalized vow books. I bought these lovely handmade books for my own wedding and now they’re my favorite keepsake from our big day. If you’re writing your own vows, it’s a great way to save your words and revisit them for anniversaries to come.
Buy It: Etsy, $39.50
Jewelry is a classic way to add something blue to your ensemble. Go bold with a collar necklace or drop earrings such as these retro beauties from BHLDN. And remember it doesn’t have to be sapphire blue — turquoise jewelry is a great alternative for outdoor or more casual weddings.
Buy It: BHLDN, $125.00
Instead of cookie-cutter wedding portraits, get creative with props. Colorful smoke sticks or smoke cans are a great way to add something different to your photos and make for a very dramatic landscape shot. But be warned: Color smoke is heavily saturated and can stain clothing (especially white), so plan your photoshoot for after the ceremony.
Planning on having a signature cocktail at the reception? Make it blue! Tiki recipes such as a Blue Lagoon or Blue Hawaii are perfect for beach weddings and outdoor receptions. Anything with Curacao liqueur will give a drink that iconic blue hue and sweet, tropical taste. You could even call it the “Something Blue” on your menu.
Instead of a ring dish or pillow, try a vintage-inspired, ultra-luxurious blue velvet ring box, instead.
If you don’t want to wear blue jewelry, try a statement piece in your hair such as a vintage barrette or headband. I love this knotted, shimmery headband from Anthropologie. It’s on-trend and is something you’ll be able to wear after the wedding — not tucked away in a box collecting dust.
Buy It: Anthropologie, $24.00
Dapper Bow Tie
If you’re not into girly accessories, there are plenty of ways to show your something blue in dapper fashion. Try enamel blue cufflinks, blue dress socks or a blue bow tie.
Turn your sweetheart table into something blue with a blue tablecloth, blue candles or a table setting that’s distinctly different from other tables. The vignette will really pop in reception photos and help the sweetheart table stand out from the rest.
Fun, functional tassel balloons are popular for a reason. There’s just so much you can do with these — from creating a wedding backdrop, to marking an aisle, to using them as props in wedding portraits. And at the end of the evening, they make great thank you gifts for your wedding party crew.
Blue shoes are one of my favorite ways people rock their something blue. Try a retro-inspired T-strap such as these gorgeous heels from BHLDN. Or for something more gender neutral, blue oxfords are a classic choice.
Buy It: BHLDN, $270.00
Instead of neutral nails, try a blue manicure for the big day. Powder blue, silvery blue and cornflower blue are all soft hues that aren’t too dramatic and won’t overshadow your wedding bling.
Who says you have to eat off of traditional (re: boring) white china? Try vintage, preppy blue and white Chinoiserie paired with chic gold chargers or seek out Vespa teal-hued plates for a midcentury modern-inspired theme.
That goes for glassware, too. Colored glass (a la the '70s) is having a major revival right now. Try cobalt blue for stemmed water glasses or funky blue tumblers at the bar.
There’s no rule that says you have to have a traditional white, almond-flavored cake. Have fun with a blue cake topper, hide blue velvet cake inside, or go bold with blue icing.
Or Other Desserts
Not into cake? That’s cool, too. Try a buffet of blue-glazed doughnuts, a candy bar or even Tiffany blue macarons.
GET THE RECIPE: Tiffany-Blue Macarons With Orange Blossom Buttercream Recipe