One of the biggest wedding traditions is from the Old English rhyme, “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe.” Usually these items are given to you but it never hurts to have your own ideas and drop a few hints to your friends!
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Something old represents continuity of the past moving toward the future.
Use vintage lace to keep your bouquet together. You can find it online or in a fabric store but if you want to add a personal touch, take some lace from your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress to double as something borrowed.
Vintage jewelry is always a good something old accessory to use. You can find it in almost any style or color. To make it more sentimental, take the stones from your grandmother or great-grandmother’s engagement ring to make your own custom vintage jewelry.
Something new represents optimism for the future and the new life you will share with your partner.
You can create your own custom perfume for your big day at this website: http://www.scentcrafters.com/home.html
Have a charm bracelet? Add a new wedding charm! You can even order specialized charms for your bridesmaids and maid of honor.
Something borrowed represents borrowed happiness. The item should be returned the following day to keep with the tradition.
Borrow your maid of honor or best friend’s bra. You can even send her a cute “Thank you for being my support” card when you return her bra (clean, of course).
Borrow your fiance’s button-up shirt to get your hair and makeup done. Spray a little of his cologne to feel closer to him before the wedding.
Something blue represents love, good fortune, and fidelity.
Tie a blue ribbon around the broom for the traditional “Jumping the Broom” after the wedding.
Have your bridal party sign the bottom of your shoe with a blue sharpie. It won’t be visible but you’ll know it’s there and it’s something cute that you can look back on later.
A sixpence in your shoe represent good fortune and prosperity.
This British tradition places a sixpence in the left shoe, but if you find that uncomfortable you can put it in your purse instead.
Complete all five traditions or pick your favorites, but this tradition is a great way to make your day special and personal.