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Roundup // Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

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Posted By: Jamie Kutchman

We’ve all heard the saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” but where did this saying originate? The tradition of having all four of these “somethings” on your wedding days comes from an old English rhyme:


All four represent things a bride should wear on her wedding day for good luck. Something old symbolizes continuity; something new represents optimism; something borrowed refers to happiness; and something blue is meant to resemble purity. The last part of the rhyme is meant to wish future good fortune to the bride.

Something Old

Jewelry - This is a great chance to wear a vintage piece of jewelry that's been passed down from generation to generation.

Cameo Pin- Cameo Pins are iconically old, yet still very fashion forward and classic. Instead of wearing one as an actual pin on your wedding day try switching it up and wearing the pin as a hair clip.

Veil- Perhaps you decided to not wear your mother or grandmother's wedding dress and went with a more modern style. You can still tie a piece of their wedding garment into your day by wearing a mother or grandmother's veil. It adds a nice touch and allows you to carry a piece of a loved one with you down the aisle.


Something New

Rings - Engagement ring and wedding ring- of course. Do we need to say more?

Monogram - Add a personal touch by using your new monogram for some aspect of your wedding. Maybe it's embroidered on the bottom of your dress or on a ribbon on your bouquet.

something-old-new-borrowed-blue-roundupSomething Borrowed

Something Borrowed might be my favorite of the four because it allows brides to wear something that tells a story.

Jewelry: Borrowing a necklace or any piece of jewelry from a mother or grandmother is so special and allows brides to have small bit of a loved one while walking down the isle.

Hankie: In lieu or wrapping your bouquet with ribbon, consider wrapping it with a lace or embroidered handkerchief of your grandmother's.

Hair Accessory: Consider borrowing a hair clip from a family member of friend. I think a vintage style clip like this borrowed from one's grandmother would be extra special, via One Wed.


Something Blue

Nail Polish- Blue toenails are such an easy and hidden way to wear blue on your wedding day. In fact, Essie even offers a polish shade appropriately named "Something Blue".

Bouquet: We wouldn’t necessarily suggest blue flowers, but a blue ribbon or blue engraving on your bouquet could be the perfect touch of blue!

Cake: Something blue doesn't have to be something that you physically wear; it can be an element at your wedding or reception!

Shoes - Such a fun way to incorporate a piece of new into your day! These days, there are plenty of blue shoe options in shades of royal, dusty blue, aqua and turquoise! Sticking with classic ivory shoes to match your gown definitely isn't a must. Have fun with this one!

something-old-new-borrowed-blue-roundupsomething-old-new-borrowed-blue-roundupWe want to hear from you. Share with us what you plan to incorporate into your own wedding!

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