You’ve most likely heard the expression, "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe," before, but its roots may be far less known.
The tradition comes from an old English rhyme and each object in the poem, is meant to be given as a token of good luck. It's a superstition that has been followed by many couples and dates back to the late 1800’s.
Today, modern couples are opting for less tradition and more unique ways to wed. Gone are the days when you must say yes to stuffy conventional wedding duties. And, gone are the days when it is just the bride that gets the something old or something new.
Weddings have developed and changed, however, when speaking to our couples, most still like the idea of incorporating a few long-standing customs into their wedding day, more for the sentimentality and significance behind the terms and expressions, than anything else.
We have therefore put together some suggestions and ideas, on how to weave items from “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” into your big day.
Remember, anyone can give a bride (or groom) one of these good luck charms, or you can procure these for yourself.
This represents continuity with relatives, heritage, and the past. It can be your chance to say goodbye to the past and hello to the new and exciting future with your love.
The item you choose, can be a family gift or just something used, vintage, or historic that means something to you.
We like the idea of wearing your mother’s, father’s, or grandmother’s jewellery on your special day. It could be a watch, a brooch, cufflinks, or a pair of earrings.
Something old doesn’t have to mean clothing or accessories, though. If you’ve an old family cake topper, you could use that.
Your something old could be metaphorical; the two of you could choose an old poem or reading to include in your ceremony.
Another idea we love, and Amanda at Amanda ceremonies and Rob at Oaktree ceremonies, agrees, is incorporating old ceremonial readings i.e. 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' by Louis De Bernieres, or "Love Sonnet 17" by Pablo Neruda.
Ooo, what about creating your own vows?
TIP: Create your vows and then find a line from an old, romantic poem to read to your partner during the ceremony.
"For my 'something old,' I'm having earrings made out of two diamonds from a ring that belonged to my late grandmother." Facebook User: @abstarkey12
This represents optimism for the future and hope for new life. It’s also symbolises new beginnings as a couple.
Many people will argue your "something new" can easily count as the ‘Wedding outfit you've already picked out, including your gown,’ says Claire, at Amara Bridal.
Or it could be your new wifey or husband?!...how about that?
Another idea is to buy one another a gift that you present on the morning of your wedding, which might be something like a watch, bracelet, earrings, or a necklace.
We highly recommend Michael Frank Jewellers, where we got our engagement and wedding rings designed.
We like this option the most – after all it’s been a tough journey all this planning, you both deserve a treat! Plus, your "something new jewellery" will accent to your wedding day look.
This represents borrowed happiness and is typically an item given by a happily married friend or family member.
“Our 'borrowed' is my grandpa's pocket watch from my mum. I'm attaching it to my bouquet to carry my grandpa with me." Instagram User: @supermansnurse
We think accessories are a great thing to borrow if you can. It will also make the giver feel that bit closer to you on your special day.
Another item you could borrow is a veil. If you are close to your Mum, ask her if she still has her veil tucked away in a box somewhere.
This part of the poem represents purity, love, and fidelity.
A lot of brides (or grooms!), add a bit of blue to their garter as their something blue, but you could choose a more noticeable blue add-on.
How about some blue wedding shoes!? These could look fabulous, with your wedding attire. You could even opt for a blue coloured suit or wedding dress; it doesn’t have to be in a dramatic shade. Pale blues and pinks are on trend at the minute.
"My mum is my 'something blue!' She's walking me down the aisle wearing a blue dress." – Facebook User: @jaz.mine__
What about opting for blue flowers in your bouquet? Hydrangea is blue, and an easy flower to use for your wedding. While the flower heads are delicate and pretty, they are shrubs and look lovely on their own or combined with other flowers.
Stacey at Designer Flowers, would be an ideal lady to speak to about the ideal wedding flowers, that are blue in colour.
And A Silver Sixpence For Your Shoe
The old English rhyme ends with a silver sixpence in your shoe. Yes, we hear you, wouldn’t this be extremely uncomfortable?! You don’t have to wear this all day, you could pop it in your shoe for the ceremony and then keep it in your wallet, bag, or purse (just don’t spend it!) for the rest of the day. That way it’s still with you for luck, all day!
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