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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue….
Ok, so it’s two weeks before your wedding and someone asks you, “well what are you having for your something blue?”...The panic sets in and you realise that you have been so caught up in the pre wedding hype that this traditional check list totally went out the window!!
It’s a superstition that you need to have everything from the list included on your big day, so you can have a long and happy marriage. If you dare to jinx it, you are living on the edge! The time-honoured tradition was once thought to not only give the bride good luck on her wedding day, but also help to guarantee fertility and prosperity. Nowadays, it is simply a cute ritual that you can incorporate into your special event in many ways. Often other members of the bridal party get involved and make the collecting a bit of craic!
Ok so here are our top tips and ideas to keep the tradition alive but add your own quirky personal twist!
Something Old-- This represents the bride’s family, leaving your maiden name behind and accepting a new marriage. Wearing or carrying something old on your wedding day adds that personal touch and you can be as creative as your mind allows. At Innocent Chaos many of our brides carry one of our vintage brooch bouquets! We can incorporate family heirlooms, attach a locket of a loved one or we could incorporate part of your mum’s wedding dress into the binding of the bouquet. A lovely idea to have all the important parts of your history with you when you say ‘I do’ and embrace a new you!
Something new—This basically means, look forward with positivity for your future together. Wearing something new is the easy bit! Most brides-to-be wear a new gown so that is a quick one! You can even look at it with the mind-set of, it’s new to you. Jewellery and accessories also fall into this category so panic not!
Something borrowed-- The tradition behind something borrowed is a sign of having family or friends that you can rely on, that they will always be there for you throughout your life. Borrowing an item for your wedding day allows their good fortune to carry on and bring you luck in your new adventure. So why not borrow a necklace? A veil? Or a cute garter? The possibility is endless.
Something blue—Traditionally brides wore blue to symbolise love, modesty, and fidelity. The Virgin Mary is typically pictured dressed in blue, so purity was associated with the colour. There are many unique ideas on how to represent this on your wedding day – a blue garter is the most popular or you could have blue diamanté ‘I Do’ underneath your shoe, blue sapphire earrings or a blue headpiece. Our friends over at Blue Meadow Bridal even stitch a tiny piece of blue ribbon on the inside of their work to cover your ‘Something blue’ needs. How cute!
Silver six pence in her shoe – This one tends to be missed out here in the UK but if you are going to do it, you might as well have the whole tradition, right? This could be totally uncomfortable for the whole day however if you do choose to wear a silver coin in your shoe it resembles wealth and financial security throughout your marriage! Maybe just wear it for the ceremony! Well that is your full check list. Good luck in your finding mission!!