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Wedding planning in the modern era150 years of Something Blue

Wedding planning: trend or tradition?

Wedding planning trends suggest traditions are out, or at least at an all-time low. Couples planning their wedding in 2019 celebrate how they want, eat what they love, wear what they like. And quite rightly so.

But wedding plans can draw inspiration from time-worn traditions. And some couples may treasure a particular tradition for reasons personal to themselves.

Unique to you

Perhaps you’re ready to throw out the father of the bride’s speech. Maybe you’d love to abandon cutting the cake (or chuck the cake completely?). Or do you even stand on the brink of buying a black wedding gown?

It can also be fun during your wedding planning to consider the history of some of the more old-school aspects of weddings.  In the end you should of course go ahead and choose what actually suits you in the 21st century.

Something Blue

“Something Blue” is one surprisingly enduring tradition that still features in many couples’ wedding planning. It has survived through frequent adaptation over the years to remain a popular touch for many brides and their families.

It is one of four things that brides were to wear on their person on their wedding day. Almost 150 years ago, folklore thought to originate in the Northwest of England told that these four things would bring luck, prosperity and a successful marriage:

Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue.

Fifty shades of blue

According to the custom, something blue represents faithfulness. It was often the garter which was blue, but more recently the tradition has been to sew a ribbon or scrap of fabric inside the wedding dress. Meghan Markle wore a blue dress on the blind date where she met Prince Harry, and later famously had it sewn into her Givenchy gown.

Blue shoes have been popular over recent years, and general pops of blue in the details of a wedding design have become a classic, iconic look. Grooms have joined the fray with their own Something Blue bowties, socks and suits.

It may be that after all, blue is such a good accent colour that this is a custom worth adapting. So take care not to throw out the blue baby with the tradition bathwater! Here are a few stylish ways to incorporate something blue into your wedding…

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Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Groom’s blue tweed suit

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Delicate blue Nigella (Love in a Mist) in a bridal bouquet

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Pale blue crockery for the table

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Suited in blue

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Blue letterpress wedding invitation

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Blue wedding car

Wedding Planning | Something Blue | Liz Baker Fine Art Photography

Sapphires in the engagement ring