Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…


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Past brides, what was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? Brides to be, have you started brainstorming and collecting for your own wedding? This is an English rhyme dated to 1898 and the idea is that a bride would wear this for good luck. Though this is an Old English tradition, it’s something that Americans have adopted and have managed to incorporate into their weddings. As I have learned more about this, I love the novelty of it!

Here’s what each item symbolizes:

Something Old- Continuity with the bride’s family and the past

Something New- Optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead

Something Borrowed- The idea of something borrowed (typically from a dear friend or family) is a reminder that the bride can depend on her family and friends in her new chapter.

Something Blue –Blue has been connected to weddings for centuries and it symbolizes love, purity, and fidelity

The sixpence in her shoe…well, for obvious reasons, Americans have dropped this piece.

Now that we know the meaning behind the poem, it’s time to start collecting and brainstorming! I’ve been thinking about this for some time now and wanted to share with you some creative, heartfelt ideas that will make your wedding that much more personable, memorable and well…you know…something to talk about for the rest of your life!

  1. I love how “something old” allows us to connect the past to our present. Here are some of my favorite ideas of something old:
    • Wrapping a vintage piece around your bouquet (this can be a lace doilie or a handkerchief)
    • Incorporating an old family recipe card as your wedding favor
    • Wearing your mom’s jewelry
    • Having your groom wear his father’s cuff links or watch
  2. Understandably, bride’s dress is the “something new” and this tradition is the easiest part to incorporate. But for those brides who may be borrowing their gowns or wearing their mom’s, here are some ideas:
    • A new piece of jewelry
    • A new veil
    • A fashion accessory like a broach
  3. Typically, the “something borrowed” is a veil or a piece of jewelry, or unless you’re the Duchess Kate Middleton, you can borrow the Queen’s tiara (I just checked…and gentle reminder, you’re not her)…but here are some ideas of what you can borrow…and remember, those close to you want to lend you something for your special day:
    • I absolutely love the idea of borrowing something from another culture and tastefully making it a part of your wedding…I so love this idea! Who says that Chinese food is only for Chinese people? But this goes the same for the concept of your gown and many other components. It’s your wedding, borrow away.
    • Borrowing somebody’s car as you leave your reception
  4. The most expected “something blue” is the garter, but there are many other creative ways to tie this in:
    • Blue heels -I especially love this satin number from Manolo Blahnik
    • Lingerie–I especially love pieces by Jonquil –keeps things fun and exciting!!!
    • There are many gorgeous blue gemstones (think aquamarine earrings or a topaz bracelet)

Most of all, don’t (or DO) overthink it and have fun! I’d love to hear about what your selected items were and why and for us future brides, lets start collecting!

Happy Wedding Planning Wednesday!


One thought on “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…

  1. Love your ideas! Mine were:
    Old: a pinky pearl bracelet
    New: Dress, veil, shoes (most things!)
    Borrowed: some earrings from my mum
    Blue: my mum bought me a white handkerchief which I held around my bouquet, it had my initial (N) embroidered in blue and some other blue sticking on it.



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