How to Incorporate Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue into your Wedding

Among many of the wedding traditions, is the concept of having or wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue to bring the newlywed couple good luck.

You have most likely heard the saying a million times, but what exactly does it mean?

The something old, something new routine stems from a Victorian English rhyme dating all the way back to 1898, which goes "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe." Fortunately for brides of this era., a sixpence isn't an easy currency to come by, so you don't have to worry about sticking something in your footwear. But the other four must-haves are believed to bring brides good fortune...and fertility (just a tad bit old-fashioned to say the least).

Something old represents the couples past lives. Something new naturally represents the couple's future shared life together. Something borrowed traditionally means borrowing an item from a happily married woman for good luck. Something blue symbolizes fidelity and purity.

Your loved ones may help you or gift you some of these lucky tokens prior to the wedding, but you can also round up a few pieces of your own.

While it’s not mandatory to honour all four of these traditions, no matter how superstitious you might be, it’s a fun way to blend the past, present and future.

SOMETHING OLD IDEAS

  1. Vintage Car
  2. A piece of fabric from a loved one's wedding dress sewn into yours
  3. Antique Lockets with photos tied you bouquet

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SOMETHING NEW

  1. Custom Bridal Jacket with your last name
  2. A new perfume
  3. Your wedding ring.

image source: bridetribes.com.au / krista a photography / jose villa

SOMETHING BORROWED

  1. A Veil from a loved one or friend
  2. A borrowed piece of jewellery
  3. Flowers from a friends garden added into your bouquet

image source: jenny quicksall photography / tiara zosia zacharia photography / brides.com

SOMETHING BLUE

  1. A touch of blue on your garter
  2. A blue-ribbon tied around your bouquet
  3. Blue ring boxes

image source: elyse hall photography / megan weaker photography / amy & jordan photography

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