The time-honoured tradition, and superstition to some, that the bride on her wedding day must wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (and a silver sixpence in her shoe) for good luck, fertility and prosperity. While it is by no means a requirement to follow this tradition, some brides find it a charming and unique way to personalise their wedding day in many ways. We have put together a few creative a contemporary ways that you can keep the tradition alive on your day.
We love the idea of including a family member through your something old, especially if they can’t be there on your big day. You could do this by wearing your mother or grandmothers jewellery, whether it is a necklace, brooch or a pair of earrings. Another possibility for your something old is borrowing a family members veil, as they tend to not date too much - also a great option if you are on a budget!
Something new is probably the easiest part of the tradition to incorporate – it will most likely be your dress or partner! If you are wearing a vintage dress, opt for your accessories being your something new, or even a new perfume. If you are after something more unique, try personalising your getting robe with your new initials.
If you want to go all out, borrow your mothers or grandmothers wedding dress. The dress can be easily updated with tailoring and is also a great option if you are after a more vintage styled dress. For something more subtle, try incorporating a cuff link of your fathers into your bouquet or borrow a piece of jewellery from a family member.
No matter your wedding palette, there are many ways to weave blue into your day. Many brides choose to wear a garter as their something blue – a great option if you want something that isn’t too obvious. For a something blue that is more personal, embroider your wedding date in blue stitch on the inside of your dress. For something simple, wrap a small blue ribbon around your bouquet or opt for baby blue lingerie. For a true splash of colour, select some royal blue shoes to go with your dress!
And A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe
The end of the rhyme is the sixpence and is often the part that is the most disregarded. A sixpence was traditionally given to the bride to keep in her left shoe on the day to represent great wealth. Borrow a sixpence off a friend for your day to double as your something borrowed!
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