“Something Old, Something New,
Something Borrowed, Something Blue,
And A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe.”
Based on an old English poem, the legend refers to five essential tokens of luck a bride must carry on her wedding day in order to be blessed with a long and happy marriage. And we’re here to provide all the inspiration needed to find the perfect pieces for the luck of the bride.
Something old on a bride’s wedding day means more than a pretty piece of antique jewellery found at a flea market. It symbolizes a continued relationship with the bride’s family and that the strings of her past will not be forgotten. It’s a memory of her childhood. It’s the bond of her family. When a bride chooses her “something old,” it’s important to remember that this is representative of her life to date and the relationships that have helped shape her.
Now for some “something old” inspiration…
Having a piece of fabric from a loved one’s clothing sewn into your dress is the perfect way to pay homage to a loved one that you’ve lost or to represent an important relationship. Have a piece of your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress sewn into your gown or maybe have your father’s or grandfather’s tie attached to your bouquet or purse. Some brides even get creative enough to have their grandmother’s wedding dress made into fabric roses and inserted into their bridal bouquet (seen in the last photo).
#2. Wedding Bands
If you are lucky enough to have been given one of your parents’ or grandparents’ wedding bands to use on the day of your wedding; please don’t throw away that opportunity. Whether you can fit them on your finger, turn them into a necklace, sew them into the underskirt of your gown or have them tied into your bouquet, it’s a precious memory to be able to carry throughout the celebration.
Hankies already hold a bit of nostalgia. Using a family member’s handkerchief from years before allow you to hold that memory close to your heart as you wipe away those celebratory, happy tears. But remember you don’t have to carry it. Use it on the handle of your bouquet or even on your ring bearer’s pillow.
For brides that want to think in more unexpected and out-of-the-box terms, try to “wear a memory.” Inevitably all of these choices have their own history and memories attached to them but I’m talking about intangibility. For example, my grandmother wore Chantilly perfume. Deciding to wear Chantilly on my wedding day could act as an in remembrance to her spirit as well as carrying that “something old” along with me on the day I say, “I do.” Perfumes, lipsticks or a hairstyle may be the perfect pick.