Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue…Creative Ideas For Wedding Day Traditions

aThe old adage “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (and a sixpence in her shoe)” is a lovely way to incorporate traditions into your wedding. Below, we’ll show you some of our favorite fun and creative ways to make these your own.

Something Old

Traditionally linked with the bride’s family, in particular her mother and grandmothers, there are so many different and lovely ideas for your ‘something old.’

Take a vintage a photograph of your parents or grandparents from their big day and have it shrunk down and pinned to your bouquet.


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Use tulle, sequins or lace from your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress for a beautiful headpiece that matches your wedding day look.


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Something New

Symbolizing optimism for your new life ahead and perhaps the easiest of the traditions to uphold, there are many exciting options for your ‘something new.’

A new piece of jewelry or lipstick color will work wonderfully.


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You can also add a beautiful new belt or sash for your dress.


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Something Borrowed

This tradition represents borrowed happiness; typically an item is borrowed from a happily married friend or relative.

Borrow a stunning handkerchief to wrap around your bouquet.


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Incorporate your sister or best friend’s veil into your wedding day look.


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Something Blue

Blue is the symbol for fidelity, purity and love. There are boundless ways of incorporating this fun tradition into your ceremony.

Wearing blue shoes, a blue garter or blue undergarments are some super fun and subtle ways to include blue in your ceremony.


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Sew a patch from your dad’s old blue button down or work uniform into your dress for a special touch.


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Sixpence in Your Shoe

The sixpence, a British coin worth six pennies that circulated from 1551-1967, represents good fortune and prosperity. Traditionally taped to the sole of the bride’s left shoe for good luck, these coins can be purchased in various online settings.


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Many brides, however, choose to adapt this tradition opting instead to use a penny.


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Do you plan on including any of these traditions in your big day? Let us know in the comments below!

By: Stephanie Rose

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