Bridal Club Magazine
Modern Twists on the 'Something Old, Something New' Traditions
The idea of incorporating "something old,
something new, something borrowed, and something blue" into your
wedding day is a tradition that's emerged in the late nineteenth
century, and has concsitently picked up momentum ever since. Part
of the appeal is that it can be incorporated into any religious
ceremony, adds a bit of fun to the process of organising the day,
and encourages increased inclusion between the bride, her
bridesmaids, her mother and soon to be mother-in-law. So to give
you some fresh ideas, we've compiled a list to help you put a
modern edge on this old tradition.
- Instead of a new wedding ring, you might want to purchase
an antique ring or wear one that has been passed down through your
- If you like the idea of antiques, but don't want to commit to a
ring, consider wearring any piece of antique jewellery. Antiquing
is becoming increasingly accessible due to websites like Etsy and
Ebay, where items should often come with detailed photographs ad
some form of quality guarantee.
- Have you considered bringing some instant old-world charm to
your outfit by adding some gloves? Depending on the formality of
your event and the look of your outfit, your gloves can range from
not even grazing your wrist to reaching above the elbow. An
unbelievably easy way to take your glam factor to the next
- Purchase some vintage buttons, rhinestones, feathers, beads,
etc. and have them incorporated into your wedding
- Tie some antique lace around your bouquet for an elegant touch
that will set your flowers apart. A great idea is to use this for
your briedesmaids as well giving some of it to both your mother and
mother-in-law to be, to use as hankerchiefs. It's always nice to
have an visual element that ties your nearest and dearest
- Alternatively, you could incorporate antique lace into your
dress itself, or even have a veil made up.
- Wear a vintage tiara! Tiaras were far more popularly donned in
preceding decades, so there are plenty out there. The stones used
range from precious, to semi- precious, to completely faux, so
there is a tiara out there for every budget. In fact, this is a
perfect item to use as an heirloom and start your own 'something
- This one should be easy, as you'll have plenty of new things on
the day. What better 'new' item than your wedding gown.
- Spoil yourself and purchase some new and luxurious lingerie.
This will not only be a gift for yourself, but also for your new
- Look beautiful and touch up your makeup during the day with
brand new lipstick or eye shadow.
- A new garter belt! Need we say more?
- You don't have to spend money to have something 'new'. Pick
some garden flowers and place them in your bouquet.
- Are you considering changing your outfit for the reception? In
addition to buying a new dress, you'll need accessories- both
practical and to simply jazz up your look. Some of these new things
you might want to include are different shoes, a little purse, and
different hair accessories.
- Borrow any accessories that are gauranteed to fit you- like
earrings, necklaces, brooches or the veil- from your mother or your
grandmother. You might even be lucky enough to wear the what she
wore at her wedding
- Have the wedding ceremony or reception at your parents' or a
- Borrow a reading or part of a vow from a loved one. A great
idea is to have these words printed on material and incorporated
somewhere in your dress.
- "Borrow" a part of an heirloom dress or piece of clothing. If
you love the idea of wearing the same dress that's been in your
family for years, but not the dress itself so much, use a fragment
of the dress to incorporate into your own.
- Include your dad. Try incorporating part of a hankerchief,
shirt or tie into your dress or wrapping your bouquet with it. A
cufflink, tie pin or button can similarly make a beautiful,
understated hair accessory.
- Borrow some timeless outwear. See if anyone in your family has
a vintage stole, shawl, jacket, cape, hand muff or similar for you
to wear on your wedding day. This doesnt need to necessarily worn
according to the weather either. Shawls are a popular choice for
any bride who needs to cover up during a religious ceremony or to
simply add a bit of zing and sentimentality to their
- If you can get some in season, why not place some
blue wedding flowers in your bouquet
- Wear sexy lingerie with touches of blue in the material for
this part of the tradition.
- A blue piece of jewelley or hair accessory- minimal effort for
- Blue wedding shoes! A simultaneously traditional and
- Place tiny blue items areound you throughout the day, such as
blue sequins in your gown or blue wedding flowers
- A piece of blue lace in your garter.
- Blue nailpolish! A cute, unique and slightly cheeky option for
a modern bride.
So whether you want your something 'old, new, borrowed and blue'
to fit in seamlessly with the rest of your outfit and event, or
make a splash, you've got an endless aray of options. Take a photo
of each of these elements to include in your album, and provide
some inspiration for friends and family for years to
Do you support same sex marriage?