Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.
Brides getting married in the summer in 2012 already have their dresses or gowns chosen but it is the extras that some brides are still contemplating.
Whether a bride chooses an icy pale blue dress or blue nail polish, following the "something blue" in the Old English Victorian bridal mantra, seems required. Then there are those who have good intentions. Under-garments are a great way to incorporate the something blue, but one recent bride (JO, my massage therapist) found the perfect "something blue" underwear in lime green. So be it.
NO THANKS: The "something blue" for many brides, past and present, is one of those single garters sold in a box that has as much lace trim as the garter. Sigh. Now should I tell you how I really feel about bridal lace garters? Mind, the photograph is pretty. However, tradition being what it is, if the groom is planning to throw a garter, you might do better to support a crafts person, such as the person making and selling garters on GarterBoutique (Etsy). I have no idea who she/he is or if her/his work is any good but if I were to do it now, I would buy from a private source such as this individual rather than from the wedding bric-a-brac store.
Here are a few examples of brides who smartly chose their "something blue" choices.
|"blue shoes" by Lesley Porter|
At other tropical destination weddings, the brides chose: blue flowers as hair-pieces, blue crystals in the bridal jewelry and blue trim on the wedding gown.
|The blue sparkle on this wedding gown was captured by Carly Blake Photography.|
NOTE-WORTHY 2 - Heritage: Canada has always prided itself on being a multi-cultural country and many families keep traditions from their ancestors' ethnic and national backgrounds. Judy-Anne AKA Jzaba told me about incorporating her Eastern European background into her something blue which was "a blue sheer ruffle with embroidered Ukrainian motif flowers (roses) in red and dark blue. This ruffle was around the neckline, bottom of the dress and on the cuff of the sleeve. . . bridesmaid's dresses were in blue too, with embroidery on them."
|Contemporary bride wearing a headscarf to symbolize|
her status as a married woman (in Ukrainian tradition).
The blue bridal choice for me was the blue "babushka" kerchief in honour of my Ukrainian maternal grandmother, however, the symbolism was inconsequential for me.
Share your "something blue" stories.