Bloomin' Bouquets

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Something Old, Something New

Before your wedding day, you're likely to be given something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Maybe from your mom or sister, or maybe you'll gift them to yourself! It's a popular wedding tradition that stems from an Old English rhyme indicating items that the bride will carry with her on her wedding day simply for good luck:

"Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe."

If you're a family member looking to fulfill this long standing tradition for a special bride you know, or if you're a bride looking to complete the list yourself, we're giving you creative ideas in order to do so!

1. Something Old

Your "something old" symbolizes continuity of family and the prosperity of the past. Try one of these for your something old:
  • Vintage jewelry 
  • A old picture of your grandparents or parents in a locket, or pinned to the handle of your bouquet
  • Your favorite pair of high heels (incentive: they're already worn in!)
  • Antique hair accessories
  • A swatch of fabric sewn into your dress from your favorite piece of childhood clothing

2. Something New

Your "something new" represents optimism for a bright future for the bride. Use one of these to symbolize the joyous journey ahead:

  • New shoes - choose shoes that make you feel special! 
  • New lingerie or undies
  • Embroider the underside of your dress with the date of your wedding 
  • Wear a new perfume scent on your wedding day
  • A fun temporary tattoo - don't worry - it'll come off!
  • A new shade of lipstick for the wedding day

3. Something Borrowed

Your "something borrowed" is an item that is lent to the bride by someone who is happily married. The success of that marriage is good luck for the bride's married life ahead. Keep one of these borrowed items close on your wedding day:

  • A piece of jewelry from a sibling, mother, or grandmother
  • A coin from someone else to slip into your shoe or tape to the bottom (the "sixpence" from the Old English poem)
  • Think out of the box by 'borrowing' a family member's first dance song
  • Borrow a favorite scripture from a family member and embroider it on the underside of your dress
  • A pocket square from your father or grandfather to wrap around your bouquet handle

4. Something Blue

When you walk down the aisle with a "something blue", it is meant to represent purity, faithfulness, and loyalty. Did you know that wedding dresses before the 19th Century were frequently blue? Try one of these options:

  • Blue shoes - they make for fun pictures!
  • Blue ribbon on your bouquet
  • Blue "I Do" rhinestones on the bottom of your shoes
  • Blue nail polish
  • Blue/sapphire jewelry

Have fun with these good luck charms! It's a fun idea for you on your wedding day - and a little secret from the guests as to what you'll choose for each of the old, new, borrowed, and blue!

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