Ah, that famous rhyme (all together now: ‘something old…’!), but here’s how to inject some 21st-century zing into the traditions trend…
Our top tips for paying homage to the traditions trend with some inspirational top tips and idea…
Vintage jewellery works perfectly for this part of the tradition. Investigate the family jewellery boxes to see if there’s anything that would work with your bridal look – it also means you can add sentimental value to your wedding accessories. Why not add an heirloom brooch to your bouquet? You could even make your bouquet entirely with vintage brooches for added sparkle!
Another sentimental idea is to wear an old family photo in a locket necklace, or attach it to your bouquet. Why not wear a hand-me-down veil, or repurpose a part of your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress to attach to your own. Or you could buy a vintage wedding ring so that you receive your something old as part of your ceremony.
This is the easiest part of the tradition to fulfil, as your dress will be new! However, there are plenty of other sweet ideas, too… If your fiancé bought you wedding jewellery as a gift for the morning, wear it as your ‘something new’! Plenty of brides purchase a new wedding perfume for the big day, and the scent will always remind you of happy memories when you wear it.
Treat yourself to a new pair of shoes for the wedding – if you choose a style that you love, you can wear them for your first anniversary meal, too. You’re getting a new name on your wedding day, so why not have them embroidered somewhere on your dress? Do it in blue thread for a bonus ‘something blue’!
This tradition can often tie in with your ‘something old’, as it’s the perfect way to borrow an heirloom from a family member. Borrowed jewellery or veils can easily double up. Borrow a handkerchief from your dad to wipe any happy tears away on the day – it’ll easily tuck into your a dress or a bridal bag, and he’ll love to be asked!
If you have friends who recently married, borrow something from them like a garter or a bag. Not only does it fulfil the tradition, but it saves you money, too! Beauty works, too – borrow a nailpolish, hair pin or perfume for your big day for a subtle nod to the tradition.
Want to jazz up your dress? You can incorporate something borrowed by using the belt from another dress. Perhaps your mother’s, maid of honour’s or a friend’s?
Sapphires work wonderfully for this trend. Incorporate it into your wedding jewellery (even your ring if it’s a favourite stone of yours), or something subtle like a hair pin. If you’d rather not have any blue on show but still want to honour the tradition, garters work wonderfully for this purpose.
Plenty of brides are opting for blue shoes for their wedding day. Whether you choose sky blue, rich navy or simply ivory with a blue sole, we think this is a thoroughly modern way to wear blue.
If you’re feeling daring, a blue manicure can look fabulous in photos! Keep it pale or just on your ring finger for a more subtle touch. Or why not wrap a blue ribbon around your bouquet, or even add some blue blooms in if it matches your