Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue | Unique Ideas For Your Wedding

We’ve all heard the wedding rhyme: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue; a fun wedding tradition I know I was excited to take part in on our wedding day. It’s hard to say exactly when or how this rhyme came to be but according to Reader’s Digest, each of the items were created with their own symbolism:

  • Something old represents continuity and protection for a bride’s future child.
  • Something new represents optimism for the future.
  • Something borrowed represents borrowed happiness from another happily married couple.
  • Something blue represents purity, love, and fidelity.

Wedding items traditionally were collected by the bride’s family or friends with successful marriages, the origianl traditions of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue are likely very different from when the tradition first began. Regardless if the tradition isn’t carried on for the same sentiment as it once did, it’s still something fun to take part in on your special day. 

Read on to see some ideas for your something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, noting that many of these can likely be interchanged within the categories. 

Something Old Wedding Ideas

  1. An old car for a wedding entrance or exit
  2. Family heirloom jewelry
  3. Brooch to pin to your bouquet
  4. Photos in a locket
  5. A piece of fabric from a family member’s wedding dress

Something New Wedding Ideas

  1. Wedding dress
  2. A handbag or clutch
  3. Lingerie 
  4. Wedding ring
  5. Perfume
  6. Cufflinks

Something Borrowed Wedding Ideas

  1. Veil
  2. Cake topper
  3. Ring box
  4. A wedding venue that belongs to a family member or friend (farm, etc). 
  5. Cake knife
  6. Champagne flutes

Something Blue Wedding Ideas

  1. Garter
  2. Hair accessory
  3. Shoes
  4. PJs or robe for getting ready
  5. Bouquet
  6. Manicure or pedicure

No matter what you choose for your something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue or how you decide to celebrate your wedding day, just promise yourself one thing: to do what makes you happy. The day can go by so quickly so live in the moment, take time to really be with one another and enjoy the day with your partner.

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In one of my ‘ah-ha’ moments, I emptied the jar of blooms on a blank sheet of paper and arranged each piece carefully across the page

Laura Goulding