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23 Feb
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Bridal Traditions: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" is a traditional saying that has become a wedding custom for good luck for a bride. This is  actually comes from an Old English Rhyme that originated in Victorian times, and it hasn't changed too much since then. The poem originally went like this:

Something olde, something new,

Something borrowed, something blue,

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

something old new borrowed blue

Each item refers to a good luck token for a bride. Today, most brides skip the sixpence but still hold onto the good luck tokens of things old, new, borrowed, and blue. The custom is that if the bride carries all four items on her wedding day, she will have a happy marriage. Here are some fantastic wedding ideas for your wedding day:

Something Old

This is a show of the bride's connection to your past, especially family history. Although you're starting a new life with your husband, your old family is still a part of it. Consider:

  • Using the same cake topper your parents used.
  • A locket with photos of your parents or grandparents.
  • Wearing a family heirloom: jewelry, veil, headpiece, handkerchief from his family or yours.
  • Attaching a small piece of fabric from your mother or grandmother's wedding dress inside your own gown.
  • A piece of fabric from an old childhood doll or article of clothing, either sewn into your gown or used as a wrap for your bouquet.
  • Wearing a veil or headpiece that belonged to another member of the family.
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Something New

Represents the feeling of excitement for the future and on your wedding day signifies your new life and your happiness.

  • New shoes
  • Buy New jewelry
  • Splurge on a new tattoo (henna tattoos are a tradition for brides in some countries!)
  • You might consider your "something new" your dress, if purchased new.
  • New lingerie or garter

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Something Borrowed

Your borrowed item is a symbol of outside happiness influencing your special day, usually something borrowed from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. Try:

  • A lucky coin or token from a friend.
  • A brooch or hair comb
  • A relative's necklace, earrings, watch, pearls or bracelet, etc.
  • A veil or headpiece
  • A monogrammed handkerchief from a close family member on either side.
  • A borrowed car for transportation to the ceremony or reception.
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Be sure you return your borrowed item after the wedding or arrange for someone to deliver it to its rightful owner and send a thank you note when you return from your honeymoon.

Something Blue

Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true." Unless you've chosen blue as one of your wedding colors, you'll probably want to keep your ‘blue' low-key. A garter trimmed in blue is one of the most common ways to do this.

  • Monogram in blue thread sewn into wedding dress
  • Blue shoes
  • Blue underwear or lingerie garter
  • Blue crinoline
  • Paint your nails blue
  • Wear blue Jewelry: earrings, rings, bracelets, anklet, toe rings, necklaces containing sapphires, aquamarine, blue crystals, etc.
  • Blend a bit of blue into eye shadow
  • Blue bouquet accents: ribbon wrap, brooches, cameos, lockets
  • Blue sash for wedding gown
  • Blue embroidery on wedding gown
  • Blue hair accessories: hair clips/barrettes, headband, etc.
  • Blue handkerchief (for tears of joy) or handkerchief with blue monogram/embroidery
  • Blue rhinestones glued to bottom of wedding shoes in shape of initials
  • A Blue Temporary Tattoo
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