The old wedding rhyme goes: “Something old, something blue, something borrowed, and a sixpence in your shoe.” It describes the four objects a bride should have with her on her wedding day for good luck, and for centuries many brides have followed this custom. However, a sixpence isn’t an easy currency to come by, you don’t have to worry about sticking something in your footwear. As for the other three must-haves, they carry great value to brides. We know you must be wondering how to incorporate each of these into your wedding look, but don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Below are fun ideas for ‘Something blue, something old and something borrowed’
The white wedding dress tradition was started by Queen Victoria in 1840 when she married Prince Albert. But before that, most people choose to wear blue gowns! Back then, color blue was a symbol of purity. However, when it comes to fun ideas for ‘something blue’, it’s easy to feel a little clueless. Figuring out exactly what you want your ‘something blue’ to be can be challenging. But there are a lot of options, such as:
- The garter: This is the cutest thing to make your ‘something blue’. It’s worn under your dress; thus, nobody will see it at first.
- Your bouquet: As the bride, you can opt for a bundle of hydrangeas or any other beautiful blue blooms for your bouquet. Alternatively, you can add a blue burst of color to your white blooms which would be alluring.
- Shoes: Blue shoes look good in photos and in person, especially with the traditional white dress. Plus, it’s a fun way to add some awesome color to your outfit. Furthermore, choosing colorful heels brighten up your look and you can always wear them again.
Basically ‘something old’ is associated with ancestry and heritage. It’s a representation of the continuity of the bride’s family and the past. You can use other items for ‘something old’ beside the cliché handkerchief. We have some fun and fresh ideas for a different type of old token of good luck. These are:
- A vintage car: Do you remember seeing a gorgeous photo of your grandparent’s wedding with a particular make of a car in it? Obviously, those cars are rare to come by these days. Why don’t you get someone to fix up some old cars for you since it would be such a remarkable moment to arrive in one of them?
- Jewelry: Every bride is bound to wear some pieces of jewelry while they tie the knot. So, why not make it your ‘something old’ and wear something from your mother’s or grandmother’s collection? Besides, this would work pretty well if you’re going for that vintage look.
- Undergarments : Some years back, brides needed to wear a full slip under their dresses. Ask your mother or grandmother if they still have one. A vintage slip tends to look glamorous with pretty design details, such as a bow and lace and is usually made of better-quality fabric than modern slip. Therefore, you can wear a slip under your wedding dress.
- Perfume: Think outside the box for your ‘something old’ and choose a perfume from your past. It could be the scent you wore on your first date or when you got engaged which will definitely trigger some beautiful memories with your partner.
Originally, a bride was supposed to borrow something from another woman who had a long and happy marriage. By borrowing such items, she was in effect borrowing some of their happiness for her wedding day which was then believed to stay with her throughout her own marriage. Thus, to make your ‘something borrowed’ fun and exciting, you need to think of someone you know who truly has an inspiring marriage. Some of the things you can borrow from them include:
- First dance song: Why don’t you go for something fun like ‘borrowing’ the first dance song. It doesn’t have to be something tangible; you could get that first dance song from your parents’ or best friend’s wedding. They will give you a few dance tips to get you on your way.
- Wedding dress: This is the most obvious choice when it comes to ‘something borrowed’. Go ahead and borrow your grandmother’s or your mother’s wedding dress if they are still happily married. By doing so, you pay them homage by wearing what they wore. You can update the lines with tailoring or wear it as it is for a vintage look. Alternatively, you can rent a designer dress that was worn by a happily married couple before you. However, such a dress won’t have a sentimental feeling since you don’t get to keep it forever, but it saves you the trouble of having to preserve your wedding dress.
- Your vows: If you’re planning on writing your vows, think back to a time you’ve been particularly moved by someone else’s vows. Use such vows as an inspiration when writing yours.
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