“Something old, something new.  Something borrowed, something blue.”  We did a post back in November about “The 4 Somethings,” but this time, we’re going to focus on the last part of this tradition.  As times change, we have seen a shift from the conventional blue garter to items such as jewelry, hair accessories, shoes, and wedding dress stitches.

Blue jewelry has become a popular choice throughout the past few decades.  Everything from Tiffany blue diamonds to Aquamarine stones can be seen in any wedding but especially in those that tend to be a bit more glamorous.  These blue jewels can add just the right amount of sparkle to your big day and you can even include it as part of a bridesmaids thank-you gift!

Another hot trend in the world of weddings is the use of blue hairpieces.  Peacock feathers, blue hairpins, and faux flowers such as baby’s breath have been seen in the past few years.  These accessories can emphasis your hairstyle whether you choose an up-do or choose to go the opposite direction and keep it simple.  This hint of color can also draw some attention to your veil, if you have chosen to wear one.

A week ago, we posted “How to Choose Your Wedding Shoes” which went through a few different options of how to brighten up and provide comfort for your feet.  If you like the tradition of the garter and how your “something blue” is hidden but want to update just a little bit, think about walking down the aisle in blue shoes.  No matter if they’re flats or heels, they can add a flash of fun color to your ensemble.

Finally, sticking even closer to the traditional blue garter is the idea of blue stitches.  A great way to honor your loved ones is by stitching their names on the inside of your dress, many times close to your heart, symbolic of their presence.  Another popular trend is attaching a piece of your mother’s bridal gown with blue stitches and in a way wearing her dress down the aisle.

Every bride has her own reason behind choosing her “Something Blue.”  Just remember it can be as traditional or as contemporary as you prefer.  It’s all about you on your wedding day.