Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue
Have you thought about following any old traditions on your big day?
I personally love the idea of following long-standing wedding traditions, but of course, these can be given a modern twist. I particularly like the tradition of having something old, new, borrowed and blue with the bride when she walks down the aisle on the day of her wedding. These are small tokens usually given to the bride on the morning of her wedding by her family and loved ones.
"Something Old" represents continuity. It symbolises the connection and link that the bride has with her family and old life. This is a token which is usually given to the bride on the morning of her wedding. Examples of items that can be used include a vintage car that is used to bring the bride to the church. This is also a fantastic photo opportunity!
A vintage locket with a picture of a loved one who perhaps is not with the bride on the day is a lovely way to keep your loved ones close to you throughout the day. If you do not want to wear the locket, it can be attached to your bouquet. I was given a vintage brooch by my mother on the morning of my wedding that once belonged to my grandmother. I pinned this to my bouquet, and I loved knowing that I had a little bit of my grandmother with me when I walked down the aisle.
"Something New" symbolises the new chapter in the married couples life. It represents hope and success in the bride's new life. The something new token is the easiest item to decide upon. It can be the veil, wedding dress, shoes, perfume or jewellery. I decided that my wedding dress would represent my something new on the day.
Something borrowed from a happily married friend or relative is said to bring the newly married couple good luck in their marriage. It also represents that the bride's family and loved ones will always be there for support when she needs them. Many items can be borrowed from loved ones such as jewellery, a veil, a clutch handbag or even a wedding cake knife. I chose to borrow my sister's veil for the big day!
Finally, "Something Blue" which symbolises love, purity and fidelity. Queen Victoria first set the trend for white wedding dresses in 1840. Before this, many brides chose to wear blue gowns to wed in. Many women today choose to incorporate the colour blue in their wedding by wearing a blue garter. It can also be incorporated into the bouquet or bridesmaid dresses. It can even feature in the wedding shoes, which was made famous when Sarah Jessica Parker aka Carrie Bradshaw donned a pair of Manolo Blahnik electric blue heels when she wed Mr Big. For me, I chose to incorporate the colour blue in a hand embroidered blue handkerchief which came in handy for the many happy tears throughout the day.
What traditions will you follow on your big day?