The time-honored tradition "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" was once thought to not only give the bride good luck on her wedding day, but also help to guarantee fertility and prosperity. Nowadays, it is simply a charming ritual you can incorporate into your special event in many ways.
Wear your something old when you use a vintage accessory, such as this swanky stole for a winter wedding.
Or bust out one of your well-worn wardrobe favorites, like a pair of cowboy boots (below, left).
You can also opt for something deeply meaningful. Above, this bride opted to wear her departed mother's wedding dress and even took a special photo with her mom's bridal portrait.
Generally, the "something new" is a gift from the groom or one of the bride's family members. Perhaps it is a new necklace (below) that perfectly matches your wedding dress.
Of course, this is a more expensive route. If you need to do "something new" on a budget, think simple. Buy up a bunch of pretty hankies and tuck one into your dress or bouquet (hand out the rest to your bridal party and female relatives).
Want a more modern option? If you and your honey decide to get a matching tattoo to celebrate your wedding day, that would totally count.
Out of all of these, we admit that "something borrowed" is our favorite. It symbolizes the community surrounding you on your wedding day and in the new life you are starting. You can borrow pretty much anything, but we think it's pretty special when you borrow your grandmother's earrings or your mother's hair clip.
But you can also borrow something just because you love it. Your beach wedding could be the perfect chance to raid your friend's stellar sandal collection.
No matter what your wedding color palette, you can always find a way to weave in a blue hue. Southern brides have given us one of our favorite options: embroidering a bit o' blue into the lining of the wedding dress (below, left).
You can also combine two of your tokens as with this antique blue rosary in the bride's bouquet below (right).
Or just wrap some pretty blue ribbons around your flowers!
When a bride wants to be comfy and blessed with good luck, she need look no further than a pair of Chucks.
Are you gathering your friend's "somethings" for her? Keep it light-hearted by making her a funny handkerchief, such as this one warning against ugly tears in the wedding photos.
You could also DIY her this safety pin featuring each of the necessary tokens. She can pin it inside the bodice of her dress or inside her bouquet. Find the tutorial here.
Here are a few more wedding traditions we love!
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