Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something… Impermanent?

Thank goodness for the people at I Do Tattoos, for if it were not for them, I wouldn’t have ever known how damn difficult it is to choose that something blue. It’s right there in their blog: “The problem is, there aren’t many things you can actually wear for Something Blue.” Hey, it’s true if you don’t count blue bridal shoes, blue bridal jewelry, blue bridal headpieces or hairpins, sapphire engagement rings, blue bridal garters, blue underwear, blue ribbons on the bridal bouquet, blue wedding gowns, blue rhinestones you can apply to the soles of your shoes, and oh lordy, blue dye for your most private hair. I kid you not.


Let’s all let out a collective breath because someone has finally decided to tackle this non-existent conundrum plaguing brides everywhere! I Do Tattoos has solved the dearth of something blue with their line of eight hand-drawn temporary tattoos designed for I Do Tattoos by talented artists right here in the United States. U! S! A! U! S! A!

Why should the bride choose a temporary tattoo over other something blue options? I Do Tattoos answers:

You’ve worked hard to make your wedding day reflect you. A garter or blue handbag does nothing to help you express your personality. (SICK BURN, GARTER LOVERS!)

It’s much more than Something Blue. It’s a keepsake and a photo frame too. Your chosen design is carefully screen printed in a beautiful, scratch-resistant silver ink. It is elegantly framed as a permanent keepsake. (A PERMANENT SCREENPRINT OF A TEMPORARY TATTOO, HUH.)


Your tattoo can be hidden underneath any style of wedding dress. So there’s no chance of disrupting the flow of your gown, jewelry and headpiece. Or, if you like, wear it for all to see! The choice is yours. (THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT!)

5. FUN
On your wedding night, imagine his delight when he discovers your tattoo in a “secret” hiding place! (HOW CLASSY IS IT TO BE ABLE TO SAY YOU WORE YOUR ‘SOMETHING BLUE’ ON YOUR BUTT!)

I kid… sort of. When I asked The Beard whether he though temporary tattoos for brides was a silly idea or a cute idea, he answered “Why can’t it be both?” Why, indeed? It’s obviously not my top choice for something blue — I wore a blue bridal garter handmade by a good friend, which according to I Do Tattoos was not expressive of my personality, whoops! — but if a bride chooses to wear something blue, she can wear anything from a blue handkerchief stuffed into her decolletage to a blue bridal bandanna to a blue tartan sash. And that anything can, of course, include a temporary tattoo applied directly to a bridal buttock on the morning of the wedding.

16 Responses to “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something… Impermanent?”

  1. Meg says:

    Wow. I wore sapphire earrings — because sapphires are my husband’s birth stone and symbolize loyalty or constancy — a good thing for a marriage.

    I might have considered a something blue tattoo had my parents attended the wedding — sort of a nyah nyah. 🙂

  2. Amber says:

    I actually had already planned on doing this…minus the framed keepsake. My planned temp tattoo is actually from Walmart, and cost $1 – and came with 24 other tattoos to have fun with. My other blue option was to paint my toenails, since I hate garters and don’t wear much jewlery, and the wedding colors are green, ivory and gold to blend with the October backdrop. Then I saw this temp tattoo in the check out lane and inspiration hit. I just have to work on that something old and borrowed part now…or not, does it really matter?

  3. Amber: I can say with certainty that no, it doesn’t really matter. It can be a fun little tradition — and I like your tattoo idea if only for all those tattoos you’ll have fun with later — but it’s by no means necessary! If you want to do it, go nuts, and if you don’t, no worries.

  4. Ken says:

    I love the idea of temporary ” I do tattoos”, those are really great…and yeah its actually hard to find something blue to wear on your wedding day…whoever thought of this is a genius..

  5. What an awesome idea! One step farther out of the box for weddings… ; )

  6. Bernadette says:

    I was so excited when I realized that my tattoo could be my something blue. I think that the temp tattoo idea is fun, strange, but fun.

  7. bridal girl says:

    I love this idea. If I am going to marry, I would definitely include this blue I do tattoo.

  8. How out of touch does it make me that the first thing I think of when I see a tattoo is “prison” and “low class?”

  9. Twistie says:

    I don’t have a clue as to why it would be difficult to find something blue to wear. Blue stones in jewelry, a blue garter (I made my own out of my own handmade blue lace), blue ribbons, blue shoes, blue stockings (particularly appropriate for the intellectual bride), or even blue underwear are all quite easy to find. Framing artwork of your temporary tattoo? I find that just plain ridiculous. No power on earth would make me give my money to this company.

    OTOH, done the way Amber or Bernadette did, well, that’s terrific. Why add an extra ‘something blue’ when it’s already inked on your body? Why pay the bucks for a temporary tattoo? But a tattoo – whether permanent or temporary – is a perfectly legit something blue if you’re going to follow the old rhyme.

    I’m with The Beard on this: it’s silly and cute and utterly up to the taste and preference of the wearer.

  10. Toni says:

    Not to cast aspersions on your commenters, but man… some of these replies sound like the company itself posting anonymously to talk up its product.

    I went with blue underwear myself.

    That said, this is a fun idea, but way overpriced when you can get temporary tattoos out of the gumball machine for $0.50.

  11. Ashleyrah says:

    I think it’s a cute idea – but I would like it better if the I Do Tattoo folks didn’t have to disparage everybody who finds a way to use blue without paying them.

    Also, for those of you interested in something a little more personal, you can get inkjet printable temporary tattoo paper. I’ve used them when making costumes in the past and they come out really nice. Just another option 🙂

  12. SusanC says:

    I’m sorry- I’m just still in shock from hearing about blue hair-down-there…

  13. Johanna says:

    I don’t fancy anything blue myself so this one goes straight to the pile of cute but incredibly useless things they make to milk the bridal cow for its money. Seriously though, if I were to include something blue for the sake of blue into my wedding attire, I might think something as fake as a temporary tattoo would just feel stupid and not meaningful at all.

    Anyway, I giggled out loud through the whole story, so thanks for writing it! ;D

  14. La BellaDonna says:

    I’m with Toni – some of the commenters sound … unusually… enthusiastic… over an idea that leaps to fill a non-existent void. I don’t find tattoos particularly déclassé, but I know there are quite a few people who would agree with class factotum. I know a couple of guys, at a minimum, who wouldn’t find the women they love improved any by a tattoo. Heh. I actually think the idea of blue hair is pretty entertaining, but I would think most people who want tattoos either have them already, or will get a temporary tattoo for under a dollar.

    I don’t think very highly of I Do Tattoo’s tactics: they’re pretty openly sneering at the rest of us who managed to find “something blue” that didn’t include them. It’s not a great sales technique. I’m certain that some folks (I would be one of them) would encourage people to find almost any other option, as a result. (I made my wedding dress: it was a white velvet gown open in front over a white brocade petticoat; I lined the skirts of the open velvet gown with blue satin for my “something blue.”)

  15. CVS says:

    The rhyme I learned goes something old something new, something borrowed something blue and a silver sixpence for your shoe.

    I borrowed an old sixpence from my mom and tied it in my shoe with a blue ribbon. That took care of everything all at once.