The adage, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” is thought to bring good luck to a bride and happiness to her marriage. You can incorporate these wedding elements in many creative ways.
Your wedding dress can serve as any of the four special elements. While many brides wear a new bridal gown, you could opt for a vintage one if it fits with the style of your wedding or borrow a wedding dress from your mother, friend or relative. Wedding dresses are not required to be white or ivory, so a blue bridal gown is an option that will be fresh and imaginative. Even blue bridal accessories, such as jewelry, a garter or wedding shoes, will fit “something blue.”
For “something old,” vintage jewelry is great way to incorporate this requirement. Online auctions are often a good place to find antique earrings, estate necklaces, bracelets, vintage brooches and antique hair accessories. A local antique store is also a great source for vintage jewelry. Just make sure that whatever you choose complements your wedding theme and style of your bridal gown.
“Something new” is pretty easy to achieve. If you are not wearing a new dress, you almost certainly have a new piece of jewelry or pair of shoes. If these are all old or borrowed, you can wear new bridal panties or pantyhose to serve as something new.
“Something borrowed” can be just about anything. Ask your mother, grandmother or sister for a classic piece of jewelry – a pearl necklace, a pair of pearl drop earrings, or even a diamond watch. If your mother or grandmother still has her garter, she would likely consider it an honor to lend it to you for your wedding day.
“Something blue” involves a little imagination. Garters often come in blue, but if you really don’t want a blue garter, there are many other ways to add something blue to your ensemble. “Something blue” wedding tattoos are temporary and easily wash off. Blue wedding shoes are a nice option if they look good with your dress and color scheme. If blue simply doesn’t match your clothing or wedding theme at all, you could always wear blue underwear or a piece of jewelry with a small blue stone.
Lastly, the “something old” element also calls for “a lucky sixpence in her shoe.” A sixpence is an old British coin that is no longer minted, so it can be hard to find. However, brides can substitute a dime or old penny and even find keepsake sixpence coins at collector shops. You can wear the sixpence taped to the inside upper of your shoes, where you will not feel it. Don’t fall prey to the thought that you need to be stepping on it all day or night!