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Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

We all know that the old adage “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” is a must on your wedding day, but do we really know why and where these wedding traditions came from?

The phrase dates back to the Victorian Era with each of these items meant to be a good luck charm for the bride and her future. They say if the bride carries these things on her wedding day then her marriage will be blissful.   

“Something old” links the bride to her own family and past. This makes brides think of their roots and where they came from originally. Options for incorporating something old into your wedding ensemble include heirloom jewelry that has been passed down in your family, a
veil or headpiece, brooch, bridal air comb, wedding handkerchief or a piece of lace from a family member’s gown. Something new signifies the optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead of her. This is a much easier one to fulfill as some brides consider their dress to take care of this if they have purchased a new dress. You could also use jewelry, wedding shoes or a bridal garter.    

“Something borrowed” is an item borrowed from a happily married friend or family member. This will help her good fortune in marriage transfer to your marriage. This could be almost anything you would like and is generally similar to the items used for the something old. Something blue began in the 19th century, when blue was a very popular color for wedding gowns. The blue symbolizes faithfulness, purity and loyalty towards your husband. There are so many fun options for something blue including your
wedding shoes, nail polish, a bridal handkerchief or a monogram in blue thread on your wedding dress.   

Don’t worry if you forget or can’t fulfill all of these requirements on your wedding day, because the true priority is that you and your new husband enjoy yourselves as much as possible. The good news is that
Advantage Bridal will keep you organized and can help you with several of these lucky items.