Thursday, June 3, 2010

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.

"Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
Every bride has heard the phrase, and most strive to gather the perfect collection of items that bring luck to the bride on her wedding day. The age old tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue in your wedding is thought to complete the special day. These elements of your wedding attire can be very traditional such as items owned by family members, or something new and modern.
Something old can be something that is passed down from generation to generation. Whether this is a garter, embroidered handkerchief, or a piece of jewelry, this is a way of tying family tradition into your wedding and bringing more significance to your special day. One bride photographed by Michael Oppenheim, wore a bracelet made out of the gold from her father’s wedding band. This was a way of adding something special into her wedding while also honoring someone important to her.

Sources: Michael Oppenheim and Style Me Pretty
Something new for a bride is usually the actual wedding dress. This is the most obvious piece of clothing that is new, but brides also use gifts such as new jewelry given to them before the wedding.

Sources: Verbena Floral Design via Style Me Pretty
When looking for your “Something borrowed,” choose an item that belongs to someone important to you. That way the item adds more significance to your wedding day. You could borrow a ring or hairpin from your mother, grandmother, or family friend. Traditionally this is someone who holds an important part in your life and is already happily married.
Something blue is where you can get the most creative. Some brides have the blue in their shoes such as these brides from Style Me Pretty and Big Day Plunge. One bride even had the soles of her shoes painted blue so the guests could only catch a glimpse of blue while she was walking down the aisle. This is a subtle way to add the blue element into your wedding attire.

Another way to add the “Something blue” into your wedding is to wear blue jewelry or tie your bouquet with blue ribbon.
Sources: Style Me Pretty and Flower Picture Gallery
These items can also be combined on your wedding day in case carrying four items is not something you would like to do. We would love to hear what your old, new, borrowed and blue items were for your wedding!

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