Blue Wedding Dresses for Brides Looking for that “Something Blue”

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Photography from Cathy Telle (on Etsy)

Blue Wedding Dresses for brides looking for that “something blue”

Throughout history, the colour blue has been representative of loyalty, honesty, and trust – it’s no wonder that brides have long been encouraged to wear something blue on their wedding day. The little poem about finding “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” has origins in England’s Victorian Era, and ever since, brides have been searching for these finishing touches to add good fortune to their marriage on their wedding day. While brides who follow the traditional advice are more likely to opt for a family heirloom or small trinket that has a special meaning in their family, you can also incorporate this old adage in a new way by incorporating swaths and dashes of blue into your wedding dress.

This Weddingful blog post is all about the bringing the blue on your wedding day – from robin’s egg tulle to deep sapphire patterns,  these bold and beautiful dresses ensure that these brides benefit from the beauty and good fortune of blue!

Nostalgia

Photography by Ksenia Milushkina Photography for Milamiral Bridal (on Etsy)
Photography by Ksenia Milushkina Photography for Milamiral Bridal (on Etsy)

Blue is said to be a nostalgic colour, psychologically providing a link that makes us associate present events with our past. This ever-so-slightly blue skirt captures this nostalgic feel with its light and innocent design, bringing us back to childhood tales of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Peace

Photography by Christie Graham Photography
Photography by Christie Graham Photography

This bride’s blue wedding dress perfectly embodies the calming effects of the colour blue in this loose-fitting gown, relaxed hairstyle, and barefoot look. Often a colour to bring us back to nature, this blue dress takes a laid-back, less-is-more approach that showcases the nature of this calm-inducing colour.

Confidence

Photography by Ksenia Milushkina Photography for Milamiral Bridal (on Etsy)
Photography by Ksenia Milushkina Photography for Milamiral Bridal (on Etsy)

Unlike the assertive confidence associated with the colour red, the colour blue is associated with a more self-assured, relaxed sense of confidence. Brides looking to emphasize their feelings of calm confidence on the big day will do well to incorporate this shade in bold ways, like this voluminous, full-skirted design with added glamour in the sequinned neckline.

Creativity

Photography by Ksenia Milushkina Photography for Milamiral Bridal (on Etsy)
Photography by Ksenia Milushkina Photography for Milamiral Bridal (on Etsy)

Inspiring creativity and the freedom to break out of the boundaries of normal, this sky blue belt adds an eye-catching burst of blue – for brides looking for a small touch, adding a coloured belt or brooch might be the perfect solution.

Fresh Air

Photography from Alex Veil Bridal (on Etsy)
Photography from Alex Veil Bridal (on Etsy)

There’s something about this light and airy colour that seems to bring a pleasant breeze into the room! This bride’s subtle light blue dress has been layered with a translucent tulle, creating a bridal look that appears to have been given a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t take a heavy shade of blue to make a fresh statement – in this case, the slightest mention of this lovely shade is enough to give this dress a colourful look all its own.

Regality

Photography by Joey and Jessica of Veil and Bow
Photography by Joey and Jessica of Veil and Bow

Glowing sapphires and rich blue velvet conjure up an image of royalty in our minds – as a truly blue pigment has always been a rare find in nature, and wearing clothes of this colour often meant that you were rich enough to afford the rare and exotic fabrics died with a blue pigment. This majestic bustled wedding dress embodies this sense of regality with the generous volume that’s produced by gathers and ruffles, making for a regally blue wedding look.

Truth

Photography by Ksenia Milushkina Photography for Milamiral Bridal (on Etsy)
Photography by Ksenia Milushkina Photography for Milamiral Bridal (on Etsy)

Many psychological interpretations of the colour blue relate this colour to honesty and truth. It is said to represent fluid one-on-one communication and clarity of speech and thought (it’s no wonder that blue’s such a popular choice for a wedding day accessory…you’ll be needing all of these traits for a healthy marriage!). This simple design featuring clean lines is a perfect manifestation of blue’s honest and truthful message!

Self-Expression

Photography by Betty Elaine
Photography by Betty Elaine

This wedding dress’ bold blue pattern is a great choice for a bride looking for a strong sense of expression in her dress. For bride-to-be’s planning a celebration or ceremony that defies the norms (an elopement, Las Vegas, or courthouse wedding, perhaps?), a dress like this incorporates an old tradition in an untraditional way!

Open Skies

Photography from Cathy Telle (on Etsy)
Photography from Cathy Telle (on Etsy)

Perhaps the most universal image that comes to mind when thinking of the colour blue is the wide open sky. A wedding under the blue skies will set a lovely stage for a light blue dress like this one, whose subtle sheen reflects sunlight in order to achieve a brilliant, sunny glow.

Comfort

Photography by Milton Photo
Photography by Milton Photo

Blue is the colour of the helper, the friend, the one who comes to your side to comfort you just when you need it most. Romantic, soft, and elegant, this blue wedding dress exudes a sense of comfort most appropriate for this friendly hue.

Power

Photography by Anna Smith Photography
Photography by Anna Smith Photography

Richer shades of blue are said to symbolize a great sense of power, order, and authority – you need only glance at this bold, high-contrast pattern to grasp a sense of the power that a darker blue shade commands!

Dreaminess

Photograph from Cathy Telle (on Etsy)
Photograph from Cathy Telle (on Etsy)

For brides who often find themselves feeling a bit dreamy, adding wisps of blue to your dress is a great way to manifest a subtle sense of the surreal. Blue, for better or worse, is often associated with a sense of aloofness, making it an ideal choice in a design that strives for a sense of lightness, dreaminess, and even the ethereal. For a fairytale wedding, especially, adding a splash of blue to your dress can work wonders for instilling sense of magic.

Selfless Love

Photography by Alex Veil Bridal (on Etsy)
Photography by Alex Veil Bridal (on Etsy)

As the colour of the healer and friend, blue represents notions of selfless love – what better way to display this loving feeling to your life partner than by adding a light layer of blue in the bodice, resting right over your heart? Even the lightest hint of blue, like this delicate design, can have a major impact on the way the natural light will interact with your wedding dress – this faded teal overlay creates a faint antique haze that brings a gentle sense of romance to this design.

Feeling inspired for your “something blue”? We are, too! That’s why we’ve created Weddingful, an online platform where brides are matched to wedding vendors who fit their budget, location, dates, and style. If you’re looking for more than your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”, come try our free wedding planner, where you’ll be matched with cake artists, venues, photographers, and more!

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