“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a Sixpence in your Shoe.” This rhyme originated in England in the late 19th century, and has turned into a wedding tradition that is practiced all over the world. Brides add their grandmother’s locket, a brand new wedding dress, their best friend’s bobby pin, and little dashes of blue all in the hopes of having good fortune and luck in their upcoming nuptials. Here are a few creative ways that you too can keep the tradition alive.
We love the idea of including family members in your wedding, especially if they aren't able to be there on your big day. As your something old, add a photo locket to your bouquet holder with use antique photos of loved ones, frame photos and place them in your bridal suite while you get ready, or simply make a photo collage at the entry of your reception to pay homage.
If you can’t find heirlooms from your family’s jewellery collection to appease your something old and your wedding scheme, don’t panic—buy something that is vintage to symbolize your family. This gorgeous hair comb made from repurposed vintage jewellery from the 1950s is the perfect representation of your family history simply because of its date.
Etsy Vintage Assemblage Hair Comb, $92.
Wedding Depot Tussy Mussy Triple Scroll - Nickel/Medium, US $37.
While we love the idea of using mom’s wedding gown as your something new, sometimes it just doesn’t hit the mark. This gorgeous Maggie Sottero dress will wow your guests, while also making you feel like the beautiful bride you always dreamed you'd be.
Maggie Sottero Hudson Gown, US $1000-$1499.
Your something new should consist of pieces that reflect how you want to look and feel on your big day. These gorgeous Tiffany & Co. earrings are perfect for the traditional bride because of their elegant drop and timeless freshwater pearls.
Tiffany & Co. Ziegfield Collection Drop Earrings, $340.
Who said your something new has to be seen by others? Lingerie is a perfect choice because it upholds tradition while letting you surprise your hubby later that night.
Net-A-Porter Agent Provacateur Saffi Paneled Stretch-Leavers Lace Bodysuit, US $560.
What could possibly be more borrowed than your future last name? We love this stunning monogrammed veil idea. More traditional brides can try adding the monogram onto the wedding dress hanger, wedding cake, or even on the ring bearer pillow.
Wedding prices can be steep, so why pay full price for something that you’re only going to use once? This stunning Judith Leiber clutch is the perfect wedding accessory because of its glittery detail and also because it can be rented. After you’re done using it, pack it up and give it back. Something borrowed at its finest.
Bag Borrow or Steal Judith Leiber Ritz Fizz Clutch.
Name Patch for Hem of Wedding Dress, $34.
For more modern brides that want their something blue to pop on their big day, try pairing your gorgeous white gown with royal blue pumps. These Badley Mischka open-toed heels are a stunning shade of blue and add a touch of glamour to your dress with the rhinestone decoration on the heel.
Badgley Mischka Kiara Embellished Peep-Toe Pump, US $245.
Sixpence in Your Shoe
The last part of the rhyme (and the one that's the most overlooked) is the sixpence. A sixpence was a form of British currency and was given to the bride to keep in her left shoe on the day of the wedding to symbolize great wealth for her and her future hubby.