So the birthday shenanigans are over and it’s back to the wonderful world of weddings. Today we are talking tradition, do you have your something blue?
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue is a famous English bridal rhyme that details what a bride should wear when she gets married, dating back to the 19th century, the something old represents the past; something new is for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness and is traditionally something borrowed from another bride. The something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity and lastly the sixpence in your shoe, which is sometimes forgotten about, is for good fortune and prosperity.
The tradition is still going strong and something that many brides still follow. I love talking to brides about what they choose. It is always a very personal decision.
Many brides are given things by their mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends as part of the tradition as it makes them feel closer and acknowledges their involvement in the day. But, are you looking for some fresh ideas or a modern take?
Vintage themes are still big in 2016 so incorporating something old into your outfit could mean a vintage bag or wearing a vintage veil. Many brides love the idea of carrying something down the aisle that has been passed down within their family, something that makes them feel close to their mother, grandmother or someone else within the family. Perhaps a piece of jewellery that flatters their new dress, a necklace or a pair of earrings. How about taking an old family heirloom such as a broach and turning it into a hair piece?
If you feel that jewellery isn’t your thing, what about an old perfume, the one you were wearing the day you met or on your first date. When you meet your partner at the bottom of the aisle the scent will take them back to that time. Very romantic and something that is just between the two of you, acknowledging your relationship.
Having photos of loved ones who are no longer here is becoming increasingly common and can be used as your something old incorporated into your bouquet.
For many brides, the dress is their something new. The amazing new gown that they spent so long looking for, their dream dress that they couldn’t wait to put on (as well as everything they may be wearing)! However, if you choose to wear a vintage dress, your something new could be the fresh cut flowers you are carrying or a pair of new shoes. Your something new could even be a new look, something different for your wedding day. That Lipstick that you have been after but couldn’t justify buying maybe?
Sometimes brides are bought small pieces of jewellery, given to them on the morning of their wedding by their married partner to be. Imagine walking down the aisle with a stunning pearl necklace to set off your dress. Lucky Ladies!
For her something borrowed, Kate Middleton borrowed the Queens tiara. Your mother-in-law may have a tiara or two laying around the house to lend you, you never know, but on the off chance she doesn’t have stashes of diamonds in her jewellery box, perhaps a necklace? Many brides combine their something old with their something borrowed.
What could be more poignant when getting married for your something borrowed than your soon to be last name. You could have your new initials monogrammed onto your veil on somewhere within your dress.
With your something blue there is an opportunity to have a little fun. Traditionally many brides add a touch of blue with a garter, their underwear or a piece of ribbon sewn into their dress, but how about something a bit more visible? There are some amazing blue wedding accessories on the Etsy UK website. Some traditional, some a bit less so.
Check out this temporary tattoo you could wear or perhaps a crystal I do for the bottom of your shoes. These could become center pieces in some of your wedding photos so be sure to tell your photographer.
If you are having the traditional ‘go to’ French manicure, why not try adding a single blue crystal to your ring finger, or perhaps a finger nail of blue crystals? I recently had a full nail of crystals, although they weren’t blue. I loved it. What do you think?
You could brighten your outfit with a stunning pair of shoes a la Carrie Bradshaw. We may not all be able to afford to wear Manolos but there are some amazing high street alternatives out there. Like these stunning Peetch Brooch Detail Court Shoes from Ted Baker. Or perhaps these T-bar heals from Office, very cute and if the weatherman forecasts rain on your day, don’t let it spoil anything. Make it part of the day with these Hunter wellies.
Pandora bracelets are all the rage right now and they do a stunning range of blue charms. I love the thought of being at work, in some kind of meeting and looking down and seeing the charm I bought for my wedding day, there glistening.
…And a silver sixpence for your shoe, the rhyme ends with a silver sixpence which is considered lucky in itself, this could perhaps be your something borrowed, or even your something old.
Why not drop me a line and let me know what you have in mind for your big day.