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Something old, something new… something borrowed, something blue. What do you think of blue as a wedding accent?

I find (many shades of) blue to be quite a classic accent color for weddings. My mother made cornflower blue bridesmaids dresses for her maids… I made celadon bridesmaids dresses for my sister’s wedding to match her hydrangea bouquets. Then I started searching through BurdaStyle’s brides and found a lot of people have used blue in their wedding looks. Do you know how many BurdaStyle members have sewn their own wedding gowns? A lot! And I don’t think this is a trend or a phase— I think more and more people are wanting a more personal, hand-made and authentic wedding, from the dress to the table settings, more people are taking control and making their own invites, dresses and personalized decor.
Today we are just scratching the surface of hand-made weddings with a focus on blue accents— shoes, flowers, sashes and cakes— what do you think of this color? What did you do at your wedding? Did you make your own wedding dress?

From the collage (beginning with top left and moving right): BurdaStyle member Grosgrain found this frock at a thrift store and refashioned it into a vintage wedding dress. “It caught my attention with its pintucks and blue embroidery”. Next, BurdaStyle member Jeffrey made his wife’s tea-length gown for a fairgrounds wedding. The pleated bodice is gorgeous, and she’s wearing electric blue shoes! Top right: I know a lot of you love retro looks— and BurdaStyle member Rosmoj made this Vintage Vogue retro fit tea-length dress for her own wedding (she’s wearing blue shoes too). Bottom: A Tiffany Blue cake, heart dishes, silver-blue bridesmaids dress, BurdaStyle user Vintagegal made a flowing gown with blue lining (which comes from an old prom dress!) fit for a princess. If you’ve already married, or have no plans to ever marry, but need to attend a wedding, check out the last user creation by Lizah, she made a little blue dress for her cousin’s wedding. So darling!


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    Oct 13, 2010, 02.00 AMby megamiaki364

    I made my dress too!! Blue satin, with a white lace overlay. Just a simple thing, almost sundress-like. :) Finished it the morning of….guess it counted as my something new and blue :D

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    Oct 7, 2010, 06.18 PMby pcvalery

    I just went to a fall wedding where the bride was wearing a cream dress with brown sash and all the table settings were in fall colors – chocolate cupcakes with sugar leaves in fall colors – so pretty and rustic at the same time.

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    Oct 7, 2010, 04.44 PMby easbrooke

    I did not make my dress, but I made most of my decorations with my mom and grandmother — including magnolia blooms made out of cream-colored balloons!

    I did have blue in my wedding — blue, yellow and red, all primary colors. Reason? My surprise cake topper for my hubby was Superman and Lois Lane! I wanted the flowers in the bouquets and table toppers to match Superman’s outfit. :)

    (We’re both newspaper reporters and he’s a comic books fan, so I thought it was a perfect surprise.)

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    Oct 6, 2010, 09.31 PMby erdronen

    I so wish I had sewn when I got married, because I definitely would have made my dress! But, my sister is engaged now, and my mom and I are making all of the bridesmaid dresses and her gown, so that’s close enough ;-) It’s amazing to think that you can do absolutely anything when you make your gown- who cares what the local stores have? Neither of us have used/are using blue though :) As much as I love blue (my fave color), I can’t believe I didn’t use it in my wedding!

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      Oct 8, 2010, 03.28 PMby alisondahl

      Way to go! The process I went through making my sister’s bridesmaids’ dresses was really fun too. Designing my sister’s wedding dress was also so rewarding, we paid attention to her needs and desires over trends or what the stores have, and made something she’d feel wonderful in.

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    Oct 6, 2010, 07.35 PMby vintagegal

    I made my gown, from my mother’s gorgeous brocade bridal gown. Hers was a 1960’s style, with a sweeping skirt and train. But, she was so incredibly skinny (and taller than me!), that I couldn’t wear it. I remade it into an 18th century style gown, with a back lacing, and silk chiffon underskirt. I even had enough fabric from the skirt to make my groom a beautiful vest to match. I settled for my something blue to be my garter, since my favorite color is purple. I wore a garnet necklace and earring set (to match my engagement ring)-it was all about my own personal style. I had so many compliments on how “brave” I was to not go with the traditional rhinestones and pearls bridal look. I didn’t think it was brave; I just think most women get sucked into the bridal industry regimen of what a bride should look like. Hurrah for everyone “brave” (read adventurous!) enough to make their own gown, and show off their own style.

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      Oct 8, 2010, 01.15 PMby squirrellypoo

      No way! I just made my gown from my grandmother’s gown from 1949! High-five, refashioning wedding dress sister! :)

      My something blue was the blue silk crepe lining I made for the totally restyled bodice.

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      Oct 8, 2010, 03.20 PMby alisondahl

      vintagegal & squrrelypoo— I want to see these creations, they sound amazing! My mother still has her dress, white cotton eyelet with bell sleeves, but the style is so iconic I am afraid to cut into it… If you’d like to, you can email photos of these gowns to alison@burdastyle.com for a feature!

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    Oct 6, 2010, 04.58 PMby katy-lady

    I had a bright royal blue stone put into my handmade pearl necklace.. though a lot of people wondered aloud if it was to match my eyes…. to which i responded, “it’s my something blue!” I also made my own dress, and had help with the handmade bridesmaid dresses. It was much more personal and meaningful to have things created for the wedding.

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    Oct 6, 2010, 03.44 PMby yellow-elm

    I used rose pink and grey as my ceremony colors, so I had to think of a non-traditional way to get my “something blue” —I painted my toenails bright blue!

    I made my own favors, invitations, programs, and guestbook. I tried to include as many handmade touches as I could, and I would’ve done more if I’d had time. I love handmade wedding accents.

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    Oct 6, 2010, 08.26 AMby salixrosa

    There’s always the old saying, “Married in blue, your love will stay true”. I love blue in weddings, but probably because I had a blue wedding dress last year. I got married in a vintage blue ballgown, with just a bit of lace added to the neck and sleeves so it was no longer sleeveless. The only shock was when I washed the dress to discover it was a bright robin blue instead of a more subtle blue. But I loved it anyway.

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    Oct 5, 2010, 09.12 PMby supercalla

    I think blue is great for weddings because it’s more universal than other colors. Men like blue, women like blue, children like blue, and it fits very well with white without it being too novelty. The vibe of blue is relaxing and happy but is very versatile and can be exciting or sad much more easily than other colors like red. Also, with everything just white, or white and gold, things seem less interesting than when you add an actual color that is included in real life. Gold, to me, makes everything look like it shouldn’t be touched, or too obnoxious. With a different color, things seem more like they were meant to be, just never discovered before.

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