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{ Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue }


The old tradition of "something blue" has been adapted into American weddings from an Old English rhyme. This rhyme, "Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a Sixpence in your Shoe" is meant bring you good luck on your wedding day. Each object that you wear, or carry, with you on your big day will show the love from your family and friends as you start the next chapter of your life!

So, how can this tradition be applied to the modern bride? Here are some easy ways you can apply each token into your wedding day!

Something Old

Carrying "Something Old" with you shows that you are taking the past that you came from and are carrying it on with you into the future. The experiences and lessons you learned from before will always be with you and help you as you start a new chapter with your spouse. Reusing lace from an old wedding dress around your bouquet, or as a garter can be your "Something Old". Photographs, lockets, or other pieces of jewelry can also be included!




Something New

"Something New" represents your future. By having something new with you on your wedding day, you are showing optimism and hope for your marriage with your spouse. This part of the tradition is probably the easiest to accomplish because your wedding ring is your "Something New"! However, if you are wanting to branch out an do something different, you could find a coin with with your wedding year minted on it, or include a new piece of jewelry on your wedding day, such as earrings or a necklace!



Something Borrowed

The tradition for this charm is to borrow something from a married couple that you and your spouse look up to. By borrowing an object, the happiness from their marriage will carry over into your new marriage! This aspect of the tradition has changed the most over time. Today, many brides borrow something from a person who brings happiness to their life, such as jewelry from a friend or mother. You can even borrow something that isn't an object! Advice and cooking recipes can be borrowed and put together at wedding showers or as part of your guest book!



Something Blue

Did you know during ancient Rome traditional wedding dresses were blue? That's right, a bride wore blue to represent her love and fidelity. Today, you can incorporate "Something Blue" in so many different ways! Stitching something such as your new initials or wedding date into your dress, wearing blue accessories, or putting on a gorgeous pair of blue shoes can all count as your "Something Blue". But don't be afraid to get creative, the possibilities are endless!





Putting Everything Together

Wedding Blogger, Something Turquoise, created this DIY project to combine every part of this tradition into one special place. By taking a clothes pin and attaching a small charm to each represent Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue, you can have an inexpensive and special token to keep with you forever!




Whichever way you chose to have this tradition on your wedding day is up to you! Be as creative and unique as you wish, there are so many possibilities!

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