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Celebrating tradition is one of the funnest things in life, because it’s something to tie the past, present and future together. Weddings are steeped in tradition and most likely the most prominent tradition is “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. And, a silver sixpence in her shoe”. The first three components of this poem are very personal and can vary greatly between brides, but the “something blue” is an element that most brides do the same. Usually, it is a blue garder or possibly a few blue flowers in the bouquet. Weddings nowadays are about being creative though, so before you buy a gardner, try a few of these new ways to do your something blue.
Blue jewelry may not be the most novel form of blue for a bride, but if done well, all that matters is that the bride is stunning. Most brides think that if their wedding colors don’t incorporate blue, then blue jewelry won’t work, but that’s not true. Even if you have dark fall colors, or simply all white, a beautiful blue pendant on the bride’s necklace is a lovely touch of the age old tradition. It will stick out a little more if it not a a theme color as well, which is what is intended. If your something blue blended in with everything, then it wouldn’t be your special something blue. Just remember to keep it tasteful and the sky is the limit.
This may depend a bit more on your wedding colors, but if you can use it, this is a lovely way to do your something blue. It’s a very unique way to do your something blue and will definitely stand out for your everyone to see. It will also make for memorable wedding photos and of course, will make the bride look just that teensy bit more beautiful.
If you don’t want to add a few blue flowers to your bouquet, then maybe you can add some blue decorations to it. An old tradition is wrap the bridal bouquet in a handkerchief, which you can continue with a blue handkerchief. Or, you can dress up your bouquet with blue things that you love such as brooches, ribbons, beads, jewelry or fabric. If you use any ribbon in your hair, it also looks stunning if you incorporate the ribbon into your bouquet. And it will look extra special if it’s blue!
A sash is an exquisite burst of color to a wedding dress. If your wedding theme allows it, a blue sash is an obvious use of your something blue and makes your white dress a little different. This form of your something blue does have to fit with your theme colors though, because it is a very defining element of a wedding dress. Whether big or small though, it’s always gorgeous.
Your something blue doesn’t necessarily have to be seen by everyone. You just want it to be a lasting memory. Stitching something into your wedding dress with blue thread is sure to be a memory that lasts forever. Just make the stitching something a momento that you want to keep forever such as your wedding date, you and your husband’s initials, or something personal. This one is very original and make you smile every time you look at your wedding dress for years to come.
Nail polish is a low key and easy way to add your touch of blue to your ensemble. It’s small enough that it’s only a detail, but it will stand out throughout the day as you do things with your hands, such as cutting the cake, holding the bouquet and exchanging rings. Also like the jewelry, if blue nail polish doesn’t fit with your wedding theme, it’s a good thing. That means it’s a small detail that will stand out, which is what is wanted for the something blue.
One of the most important elements of a bride’s attire is her shoes. They seem to insignificant to men, but women know just how well they can pull an outfit together. And on your wedding day, the shoes really matter, which is why they can make for the perfect something blue. Blue shoes against a bright pristinely white dress can really make it pop. And depending on the length of your dress, the shoes can be for everyone to see or for a few cute photos.
If you want to keep your something blue minimal, add some detail to your shoes. That means you can add something to any part of your shoes, even the bottom. Many brides are getting details on the soles of their wedding shoes. This can be done by painting them, adding decals or using a sharpie. A sweet and unique idea is to have bridesmaid sign the bottom of the bride’s shoes with a blue sharpie. As with the stitching, the something blue doesn’t necessarily have to be visible, it just has to be memorable for you.
It’s also possible to turn a tradition into your something blue. You can walk down the aisle wearing the traditional veil, but change it up a bit by making it blue. It honors tradition, but with a lovely twist. It’s also a way to wear your something blue only for the ceremony if you are concerned about mixing colors.
A very uncommon way to incorporate blue into bridal attire is with a jacket or shawl. This is particularly great for autumn and winter weddings. This component is wonderful for a something blue, because it is removable. As an additional accessory to the dress, it’s not necessary to complete the bride’s look. It can be added or removed and the bride will still look stunning, so you won’t be bogged down with your something blue during the reception if you don’t want to be. Like the veil, it’s uncommon and be used as the bride wants for photos.
These traditions may seem superstitious and make no sense, but they did in their day. Until the late 1800′s, blue was the most popular color for wedding dresses, because the color symbolized fidelity, modesty and of course, love. It’s from the meaning of the color blue in regards to weddings that the adage “marry in blue, lover be true” also comes from. Brides had been dressing in this color for centuries until the representation of white for purity became the new thing when Queen Victoria wore a white wedding gown. The wedding rhyme is meant to bring good luck to newlyweds, which can never be a bad thing. So, make a wish, say a prayer and enjoy your wedding!
Everyone loves vases, but it’s difficult to find one that is unique and not the same old run of the mill vase you’ve seen 1000 times before. As the most prominent centerpiece, you always want a vase to be special, just like the rest of your decor. Whether it is empty, holding flower, a candle pebbles or anything else, a vase can be boring or the perfect accent you’ve been looking for. And it’s only better when you can make it yourself flexing your craft skills and saving some money as well.
This lovely vase is simple and its beauty is its simplicity. All it takes is a cute vase, some sequins and some glue. How you want the sequins displayed in the vase will determine which method you use to put them in there. If you want them on the bottom, just pour them in alone. If you want them all around the glass, you can coat the sequins in a clear adhesive (such as eye glass glue or craft glue) and then put them into vase and roll them around until the walls are covered to your liking. Let the vase sit for 24 hours to completely dry. If you want the sequins displayed as you see in the photo, use a glue that comes with a brush or have a q-tip ready. Use the brush or q-tip to swab the portions of the glass where you would like the sequins to stick. Then, pour in the sequins and roll them around until they’re in place. Dump out the extras and let the vase sit for 24 hours to completely dry.
For this cozy yet stylish vase, pick up some clear craft glue and yearn and collect a few pop bottles, beer or wine bottles. Beginning from the bottom, coat a portion of the bottle lightly in glue and wrap the yarn around the bottle. Continue doing this until you reach the top and the bottle is fully covered. Let the bottle dry overnight before adding flowers and water. If you plan to make more than one vase, mix it up a bit by using different types of bottles for a great collection of various shapes and sizes.
For some true vintage charm, these are the way to go. They’re as easy as they are customizable and pretty. Pick out your favorite paper pages. They may be pages from your favorite book, an antique map, a classic photo or portrait or just a beautiful design. Glue the pages onto bare, empty jars using mod podge until the jar is fully covered. Once it is, set it aside to dry overnight. Afterwards, you can fill it with flowers or a candle. A candle illuminating the lovely paper is a beautiful sight that you admire for much time to come.
This is simple, whimsical and somehow elegant. It’s almost too easy to make, too. Cut the bottom of a used light bulb off and empty the bulb of its contents. Rinse it out with water (and maybe some soap) to clean out the metal. Next, fill it with water and then set it on something that will hope it upright, such as a napkin ring. Add your favorite flower to this mini vase for the completed look. A few of these create a lovely centerpiece especially when they are set at various heights.
For this ornate design, either buy punch paper or create your own with sturdy poster board paper, stock paper, card paper, construction paper or something else you know of. Then, punch the design of your choosing into paper. Your choice just depends upon how crafty you are. Then, lightly adhere some clear glue to the inside of the punched paper and carefully place it onto the jar. Be careful not to smear the glue or let it ooze out. If it does, carefully wipe it away without getting it onto the outside of the punched paper. If you want this look, but don’t want to use a jar, simply make a circle or square out of the punched paper and glue the ends together. Then, place a candle onto a plate or holder of some sort and then place the punched paper vase over it. Either way is very pretty when the light glows through the paper designs.
For those who want light, but don’t want fire,is the vase for you. Take a dark wine bottle and drill a small hole into the back of it. It only needs to be big enough to be able to fit a string of lights into it. Then, shove a string of lights through the hole into the wine bottle until it’s full. Obviously, a drawback to this as a centerpiece is that the lights need to be plugged in. This can be fixed though, by buying a battery-powered string of lights. The battery box can always be hidden among flowers and other elements in a centerpiece. Trust me, this cool, incandescent glow is worth the effort.
If you want an image of your choice on your jar or vase, this is for you. Foremost, you will need paint (a Behr paint tester was recommended), paint brushes, jars and sticker project paper. Firstly, choose the design you want to put on your jars. As you can see, a silhouette is lovely, but it can be anything you want. Transfer the image onto the sticker project paper in one of a few ways. If it’s on the computer, you can print it on the project paper. If it’s a design you already physically have, glue it onto the project paper. If it’s a stencil, you guessed it, stencil it onto the project paper. Or, if you want to be truly original, draw your own design onto the paper. Secondly, cut the design out and then peel the sticker off and place the design cut out or the paper it was just from onto the vase (depending on which design you want). Then paint the bare portions of the jar evenly and thickly. Let the jar dry for around two hours and then decorate it as you wish. Ribbons and lace are very charming touches. Add a candle or flowers once you are done to make it a centerpiece.
I love this one possibly most of all for it’s chic and vintage beauty. For this look, you will need glitter paint (gold in pictured), spray paint, a few strips of lace and a jar or bottle. On the jar or bottle where you want the lace design to be, paint on the glitter in a random pattern. Then, cover the the glittered areas with the strips of lace. Use a little bit of tape to keep the lace in place and then spray paint the entire jar or bottle. Right when you done spray painting, remove the lace, so that it does not get stuck to the jar/bottle as the paint dries. Allow the jar/bottle to dry and then put it to use!
A tea cup candle is also always gorgeous and we love them. You can find out how to make it here.