Modern ideas for something old, new, borrowed and blue

24 Dec 2021

Bring some good fortune to your upcoming nuptials with these modern takes on the something old, new, borrowed and blue tradition 

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It’s a well-known phrase as old as time; ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’. If you’re a stickler for tradition, consider a fresh spin on these conventions to bring you and your partner good luck in your marriage to come.  

Something old 

Add a family heirloom to your bridal bouquet. This could be a pendant, brooch or charm that you attach to the stems of your flowers. You could even include an item that reminds you of your first date or a memorable moment with your significant other.  

If you’re looking to add a bit of flair to your bridal look, opt for a pair of vintage heels. There are plenty of shoes out there that are full of character and reminiscent of a bygone era. Wearing vintage wedding shoes can tie together a sleek, chic gown or a bohemian outfit. The choice is yours, so scour the internet and vintage shops to find the perfect shoe for you.  


Something new 

There are so many ideas to consider for your ‘something new’. Traditionally speaking, brides would opt for a new lipstick, perfume or jewellery.  

A more modern example of this is to be eco-conscious in selecting your wedding dress; a pre-loved or vintage design may be considered old-fashioned, but the dress is new to you. Alternatively, consider monogramming your wedding dress with your new initials or surname, should you choose to take your partner’s.  

You could even have personalised lights made with your initials, which you can then take with you after your special day, offering you the perfect keepsake for such a memorable occasion.  


Something borrowed  

It’s said that borrowing an item from someone happily married will give you luck. To modernise this tradition, you could borrow a favourite family recipe, perhaps a delicious dessert to use for a wedding dessert bar.  

Instead of borrowing a treasured family heirloom, speak to your parents, grandparents or other married family members, and borrow an item of theirs from their wedding day or a memento collected throughout their relationship. This could be something small but significant like a gift given on a milestone anniversary or birthday, or something they wore to their own wedding.  


Something blue 

For your something blue, a more traditional approach would be stitching a piece of blue fabric on the inside of your bridal gown or wearing a blue garter. Instead, opt to have your initials or wedding date stitched on the underside of your dress. Alternatively, be your own something blue and wear a blue-toned wedding gown or a pair of shoes in a bold blue hue. 

Get creative with some blue eye shadow or jewellery depending on your bridal look and the colour scheme of the day. Your jewellery could be something small like a blue ring, or a dainty bracelet with charms. You could even make your own bracelet and attached something new, old, borrowed and blue onto it, like a penny and blue coloured charm.  

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