We’ve all heard the saying, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” This fun little rhyme is an age old wedding tradition describes different items that a bride should have with her on her wedding day for good luck and a happy marriage. Finding items that fulfill these requirements to incorporate into your wedding day attire can be tricky when you also want to choose your own wedding dress, shoes, veil and accessories. The something old part of the rhyme represents continuity with the bride’s family and past. Typically brides tend to use things from their mothers or grandmothers to serve as their something old, such as jewelry, hair accessories, shoes or even the wedding dress. Here are ten creative ways to include something old in your wedding day outfit to bring good fortune and happiness to your new marriage.
1. Print photos of loved ones who are no longer with us and display them in an antique locket or pendant so that they can be there in spirit. You can either wear it around your neck as a necklace, or hang them on your bridal bouquet.
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2. Take family heirloom jewelry and have a professional convert them to hairpieces or new pieces of jewelry so that you can wear them with your wedding day outfit. For example, an old necklace can be repurposed into a pair of earrings or a bracelet, or a beautiful vintage brooch can be turned into the perfect hair accessory.
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3. If accessories and hairpieces aren’t your style, you can take family heirloom jewelry and have it sewn directly onto your wedding dress. A pearl necklace would make amazing pearl detail on any wedding dress, or jewelry with gemstones can easily be deconstructed and sewn onto your bridal gown.
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4. If you’re totally set on your wedding day outfit and don’t want to add any accessories, perfume is a great way to add something old to your day. You can wear an old perfume that you’ve had forever or the scent that you were wearing when you first met or on your first date. The familiar scent will surely pleasantly surprise your groom when he smells it on you!
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5. Keep your something old a secret from outsiders. Wear your favorite pair of underwear underneath your wedding dress that isn’t brand new, so it counts as something old! If you wear blue underwear, that can even double as your something blue.
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6. An old handkerchief that belonged to somebody close to you, such as a grandparent or parent, can be beautifully wrapped around your bouquet. Or have it cut into any shape and have your seamstress sew it into the inner lining of your wedding dress so it’ll truly be a part of your wedding day outfit.
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7. Vintage glam is a popular wedding trend, so if that’s your style you can find a vintage wedding dress, veil or gloves to wear on your big day. If someone in your family has an article of clothing you love, that would add extra sentimental value to the day.
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8. Your mother or grandmother may be set on you wearing her wedding dress on your big day, but what if the dress is completely not in style and not your taste at all? You can still use part of the dress as your something old in your wedding by taking parts of the fabric, especially lace, to create accessories for your modern outfit. For example, you can make a lace headband or headpiece, or you can wrap pieces of the old fabric around your bridal bouquet.
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9. An old veil passed down through generations, or simply the veil your mother wore, would be a great something old. Veils tend to be a classic style and won’t appear too dated. This is also a great way to save money on your wedding day.
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10. Your something old doesn’t have to be something that was passed down to you from your relatives. You can use something of your own! Wear your favorite pair of heels or shoes for your walk down the aisle – they count as something old!
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