“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” The old rhyme has been guiding brides since the 19th century. The tradition is meant to offer good luck to the couple at the beginning of their lives together. The symbolism is as follows: old is continuity, new is optimism, borrowed is joyfulness and blue is purity and love. There are a variety of ways to incorporate this tradition into your special day.
The easiest and most popular way to feature something old is an item from a family member, whether this is an antique piece of jewelry or another family heirloom. If your grandmother or mother is willing to pass along their dress and they are not going to be worn, a piece of the fabric or ornamentation can be added to your bouquet or sewn into your dress. If you are penning your own vows, an old love letter or a favorite poem or saying of a family member can be incorporated into the wording.
Many brides check this one off the list with their wedding dress or jewelry. You can also pick out a special scent or bright lipstick specifically for your wedding day. Taking your spouse’s name is definitely something new and you can make a visual representation of it by having a monogram added into your dress or bouquet ribbon. You could also create a whole new item from old items from both families, such as sewing together handkerchiefs from both families.
The clutch or purse you carry can be a way to bring in the borrowed tradition. You can ask family members or friends for one or even check out online resources to connect to a designer clutch. A veil or bridal headpiece can be borrowed as well. Your groom can get in on the something borrowed game by borrowing cufflinks or a watch from a loved one. The song first played at one of your parents’ weddings can also be a special way to honor this tradition.
You can bring blue in through your flowers as part of your bouquet or decor. If you are going in a different color direction, the blue component can be a smaller piece such as a jewelry item or polish color on your fingers or toes. The groom can wear a blue item or the bride’s garter can be blue as a more covert way to add the splash of color.
At Riviera Country Club, we have had more than 40 years of helping couples celebrate their love and honoring traditions of their families. We have an outdoor venue for your vows and large halls available for you to celebrate your new lives together with your loved ones. We provide a stylish backdrop and scrumptious food for all of your guests.
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