Something Old, Something New….

Have you ever heard of the saying: Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  Sounds intriguing but what does it mean? 

Theknot.com clearly states that this tradition comes from an Old English rhyme dated back to 1898 (“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”), and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are just good luck charms.  They are the little tokens of love your mother, sister, other relatives, and attendants will give you on your wedding day.

Something new; This is probably the easiest part of the tradition to work in.  After all, what bride doesn’t want to purchase a brand-new accessory or gown for her big day? With that being said, you can get as creative as you want with this.  The dress is always a factor but what if your dress is borrowed, or vintage, perhaps purchase some new shoes, or some new jewelry, the possibilities are endless with this one.

Something borrowed; This part can get interesting.  Think of something you can borrow from your grandmother or mother or even aunt.  something of value perhaps some jewelry or a beautiful hair pin.  Another great idea is to borrow something from a male figure in your life, like your father or uncle or even brother, and use one of their (clean) handkerchiefs and wrap it around your bouquet.  That’s a nice way to include the male figure in on this tradition.

Something Blue; This is probably the trickiest part.  Trying to find something blue when you want to keep your wedding white, or do you?  Here is where you can really get creative with this tradition and use some sapphire blue earrings or perhaps a pop of color with a blue bouquet.  Some blue satin shoes, the possibilities are endless.

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