This traditional saying has been around for a long time, dating as far back as the 1300’s. Hundreds of years later, brides are still following this classic wedding tradition which originally came from an old English rhyme. Each item serves as a good luck charm, and supposedly, if the bride incorporates each item into her wedding day, she will have a long and prosperous marriage. Something old is a symbol of continuity, family, and tradition. Something new represents the new life ahead for the bride and groom, and hopefulness for the future. Something borrowed is a symbol of borrowed happiness, as well as dependability on family and friends; while something blue represents love and purity.
It can be tricky to get creative when thinking about how to incorporate these meaningful items on your wedding day. To help you get the wheels turning, we’ve provided some inspiring ideas for you to consider!
Wear a family heirloom
What could be more meaningful than wearing something that has been passed down within your family from generation to generation?
Wear your mother’s wedding accessories
Asking your mother if you can wear her bridal accessories is a special way to show her how much she means to you.
Use an old-time classic car for wedding day transportation
Don’t forget the “Just Married” sign!
Use a childhood pillow as the ring bearer’s pillow
This is a thoughtful way to incorporate something meaningful from your childhood into your big day.
Take some of your mother’s or your grandmother’s wedding dress fabric and sew it inside your gown
Don’t worry about the added fabric ruining your dress; simply sew a small piece somewhere inside the dress where only you can see it. It’s subtle, yet meaningful.
Wear a locket with a picture of your grandparents on their wedding day inside
This is a beautiful way to remember loved ones who have passed away. Whether you wear it around your neck or pin it to your bouquet, you’ll be carrying around a little memory of them on your special day.
Your wedding dress
Whether you’re looking for an over-the-top poofy princess ball gown, or a romantic backless sheath, picking out the perfect gown is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding!
Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and headpieces – your options are endless! Treat yourself to some gorgeous new jewelry for your special day.
New lingerie for your honeymoon
Pick out something fun for you and your new husband!
Incorporate your new initials
After all, you better start getting used to your new initials! Including your new monogram on the ribbon that holds your bouquet together is one way to do it, or you could be even bolder and monogram your wedding cake.
Borrow the song from the your parents’ first wedding dance
We’re talking Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World”, and Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”.
Borrow your father’s handkerchief and wrap it around your bouquet
This is a special way to honor your father on your wedding day. After all, he was the one who let you dance on his feet all those years, right?
Borrow a charm from your best friend and hook it to your bouquet
Carry a piece of your best friend with you as you walk down the aisle towards your Prince Charming.
Wear a blue garter
This is the perfect way to subtly incorporate “something blue” into your wedding wardrobe. It stays hidden under your gown until it’s time for the garter toss!
Wear sapphire or opal jewelry
Channel your inner Duchess of Cambridge and rock some sapphire jewelry. It’s classy and tasteful, everything your bridal accessories should be. This deep blue color will surely turn heads. If sapphire is too bold for your style, try a lighter blue with aquamarine jewelry.
Wear blue shoes
Blue wedding shoes are becoming increasingly popular among brides today! The contrast of your blue shoes against your white dress will create a beautiful pop of color.
Incorporate blue flowers into your bouquet
A bouquet of blue hydrangeas is perfect for those spring and summer weddings.
Incorporate blue décor into your reception
Look no further than the centerpieces at your reception! With Pinterest at your disposal, you can get extremely creative when it comes to the centerpieces. Simply throw some blue in there and you’re set!
Sources: TLC Wedding Style, The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings