Creative Ways to Include Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Weddings these days are all about honoring customs in your own modern way. Whether you’re superstitious or you’re just paying homage to tradition, here are a few creative ways to assemble your own good luck tokens for the big day. Because what bride couldn’t use a little extra good juju? Check out our recommendations for something “old,” something “new,” something “borrowed,” and something “blue” you can shop right from the comfort of your couch.
The time-honored wedding tradition of having “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” was once thought not only to give the bride good luck on her big day but also to help to guarantee fertility and prosperity. These days, it’s just a charming ritual you can have a little fun incorporating into your wedding. Need a bit of direction? Ahead, ideas for “somethings” that will work for you.
Wear your something old when you rock a vintage accessory like a glam stole (that’s perfect for a winter wedding).
Or bust out one of your well-worn wardrobe favorites, like a beloved pair of cowboy boots.
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.
If you don’t have something old that feels wedding-day ready, you can always fudge it with something old looking (we promise we won’t tell). A vintage-inspired piece, like a retro wedding veil or worn-looking pair of boots is old in its style and design, after all. For something old items to shop, these are our five favorites right now:
- Faux Fur Bridal Wrap/Stole: $33.99; amazon.com
- Old West Cowboy Boots: $149.95; zappos.com
- Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Leather Strap Watch: $159; nordstrom.com
- 12mm White Organic Pearl Stud Earrings: $80; saksfifthavenue.com
- Beaded Clutch: $46; lulus.com
Generally, the “something new” is a gift from the groom or one of the bride’s family members. Perhaps it’s a new necklace that perfectly matches her wedding dress.
Of course, this is a more expensive route. If you want to do “something new” on a budget, think simple. Buy up a bunch of pretty hankies and tuck one into your dress or wedding bouquet — then 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. Shop our five best ideas for something new below:
- Date Bar Necklace: $54; madebymary.com
- Icy Barrettes: $12; revolve.com
- Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick: $34; charlottetilbury.com
- Kendra Scott Ari Heart Silver Chain Bracelet: $48; kendrascott.com
- “No Ugly Crying” Handkerchiefs: $5; etsy.com
Out of all of these, we admit that “something borrowed” might just be 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 comb.
No matter what your wedding color palette, you can always find a way to weave in a little blue hue. One of our favorite options: embroidering a bit o’ blue into the lining of the wedding dress.
You can also combine two of your tokens, like donning an antique piece of blue jewelry, or just wrap some pretty blue ribbons around your flowers!
Want to be comfy and blessed with good luck? Look no further than a pair of comfy blue sneakers for when those heels need to come off. Keep reading for more ways to incorporate the color into your big day:
- Burlap Ribbon: $9.99; michaels.com
- Cariuma IBI Low Top Knit Sneaker: $98; cariuma.com
- Crystal Hair Comb: $68 (originally $148); revolve.com
- Dew Drop Gemstone Necklace: $44; madebymary.com
- Vince Camuto Lauralie Ankle Strap Sandal: $98.95; nordstrom.com
Here are a few more wedding traditions we love!
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