Something old, something new… popular choices and inspiration

As @TheKnot says, “Back in the day, including “something old” was a sure way to ward off the Evil Eye and protect any future children the couple might have.”

The ‘something new’ was there to offer optimism for the future and symbolise the start of a new chapter.

It was thought borrowing something would bring the couple good luck, while ‘something blue’ was also thought to help deflect bad fortune.

A lot of couples use this tradition as a way of working sentimental and meaningful items into their wedding day. If you’re planning on incorporating something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue into your ceremony or reception, take a look at some of these ideas for inspiration.

A family heirloom

A family heirloom is always a popular choice for that ‘something old’. Wearing a necklace, bracelet, broach, hair clip or ring that’s been in the family for generations is a great way to honour your ancestors on your wedding day. Talk to your mother, grandmother, aunts and uncles about which items might be suitable. If there aren’t any heirlooms you like in your family, you could always see if your future in-laws have anything you might like to wear.

An old swatch of fabric

If your mother still has her wedding dress, or if she’s kept the gown you were christened in, you could incorporate a swatch of the old fabric into your wedding outfit. Some people choose to have a meaningful piece of fabric sewn into their wedding dress. Alternatively, you could have it turned into a small purse for your valuables or a bag for your wedding rings.

A classic car

Borrowing a classic car to take you to the ceremony is a great way to get your ‘something old’ and ‘something borrowed’ into your big day. If you can find a car that’s blue, you’ll have ticked three items off the list. Talk to relatives and friends to find out if anyone has a car they could lend you for the all-important drive.

A new piece of jewellery

If you receive a new piece of jewellery on your wedding day, wearing it as you walk down the aisle will ensure you have ‘something new’ as you say your I Dos. Find out if your mum, best friend or husband-to-be are planning on getting you a gift and then keep a space free for your new piece of Jewellery. If they can give you a gift with a blue gem or a blue finish, you can kill two birds with one stone.

A new song

Your ‘something new’ doesn’t have to be a physical item. In fact, it could be anything that’s new to you and your other half. Having a friend write a song for your first dance can be a fantastic way of incorporating something new into your wedding day.

To find out more about wedding traditions, and get inspired for your big day, explore our site or get in touch with a member of our team.

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