When thinking of wedding traditions, what’s the first thing that comes to mind for you? For me, it’s “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” Even if you don’t consider yourself traditional, you’ve probably considered following this tradition and it is one of the most widely recognised and most popular wedding traditions.
The four elements are said to bring different positive aspects to the marriage.
What it represents: continuity and a link to the bride’s past and family.
Traditional: many brides choose to wear a piece of antique family jewellery or a mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown. Other idea is to incorporate e a piece of your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown or veil, such as a piece of lace, or some of the original beading. Ask us about vintage table décor ideas.
What it represents: optimism and hope for a long and happy marriage with a bright future.
Traditional: the wedding gown is often chosen as the new item, but jewellery or a purse is also a fun way to have something new. New things could also be the flowers or the rings.
What it represents: to remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her when help is needed. Borrowing an item from a happily married woman is considered important, as it symbolises sharing some of the happiness from the friend’s own happy marriage. Of course, whatever you borrow, must be returned after the wedding!
Traditional: the borrowed object might be something such as a lace handkerchief or a piece of jewellery.
What it represents: blue is the ancient colour representing faithfulness, loyalty and purity.
Traditional: brides often opt for a blue garter. If you don’t want to wear a garter, you could put a blue pin in your hair, wear blue earrings, blue shoes or toenail polish, choose underwear with a hint of blue on them, or have your bridesmaids wear blue! We have so many wedding décor items in blue to choose from!
What other ideas can we add to the list above? How can you follow this tradition but in an unconventional way? We look forward to hearing your thoughts! Please share with us in the comments below.