Weddings are all about traditions — the tradition of wearing a shade of white, reciting your vows, exchanging rings, celebrating with dessert. They’re traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. And one of the oldest traditions in the book is an English rhyme.
You’ve likely heard it. “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” It’s meant to bring the couple good luck on their wedding day and into their marriage. Each “something” symbolizes something different.
“Something old” symbolizes continuity, ancestry, and heritage. It’s a great way to reuse items and add a personal touch to your wedding. While almost anything old will do, here are some of our favorites.
Accessories like vintage earrings or a pearl necklace can help enhance your wedding look. For a sentimental touch, ask relatives for a beloved old accessory to complete your wedding ensemble. Because these special items are loaned, they could also represent your “something borrowed.”
Does your mother have a signature piece of clothing, like a special scarf? What about that old tie of your father‘s? Rather than using a ribbon, fasten these around your bouquet instead.
Maybe your mom kept everything from your childhood, like a baby blanket or favorite stuffed animal. Tie some fabric from these mementos around your bouquet or transform them into a ring bearer’s pillow.
Repurpose Your Old Favorites
Your something old doesn’t have to be borrowed. You could always repurpose things you already own, like your favorite earrings, pearl necklace, or a pair of heels. Not only are they already broken in, but you’d also save some money in your wedding budget.
Feature Your Family Photos
Aside from jewelry, there are other items you could carry with you on your wedding day. If you don’t already have one, find an antique locket. Insert pictures of family members who have passed away or can’t attend the ceremony. Tie it to your bouquet as a nice way to remember these loved ones on your wedding day. Or you could always display family photos at your reception instead.
Does your mother still have her wedding dress? Maybe it’s the one her mother wore. If it’s the look you want, think about wearing it on your wedding day. It would also start a special tradition you could pass down through your family!
Maybe her dress isn’t quite your style. That’s no problem! Have a seamstress or tailor help you transform her dress into the look you want. Or, as an alternative, wear only her veil instead.
You could also simply tie some of the dress’ fabric around your bouquet or have it sewn into your wedding gown.
Do you have a friend or family member who owns or restores old cars? Ask them to lend you an old classic as your wedding transportation. You and your groom can drive away in style on your special day!
No matter what you pick — old and meaningful or just old and cool — it will be a neat feature to showcase on your wedding day and a special way to continue the tradition.