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Wedding Dress Traditions: What are They and How to Wear Them

Wedding Dress Traditions: What are They and How to Wear Them

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

This wedding dress tradition that many brides participate in comes from an Old English rhyme: Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe. This tradition states that these 5 items must be things the Bride will either give herself or important people in her life will gift to her. The objects worn are the brides’ good luck charm when walking down the aisle.

Something Old

This saying represents continuity in the bride’s family and ancestry or it could simply mean something from the past that brings back good memories. Many brides have used a picture of a loved one who passed away and incorporated that into their bouquet. Your something old can also be something to wear under your wedding dress. If you’re not sure what to do with wedding dress after your wedding, don’t forget your wedding dress can become a something old for your future daughter can wear. Here are some examples of what other brides have decided to add to their wedding wear.

Locket
Attach a locket with loved one picture inside of it. This is a great way to have someone with you who has passed away or couldn’t make it to your wedding. The places you can attach your locket is unlimited! Place it on the stems of your bouquet, inside of your dress next to your heart, or even wear it as a necklace!

Old Ticket Stub
Tuck in a memento from your first date that you and your significant other had together! This is a great way to look back at how your relationship started. Did you go to a concert, a movie, or maybe a play? Surprise your partner with the ticket sticking out of your bouquet. 

ticket stubs

Lace
If a wedding dress has been passed down from generations and you opt out of wearing it on your big day for whatever reason, you can still wear you Grandmother’s wedding gown! Taking a piece of lace or any fabric of the dress is a great way to incorporate the tradition. Wrap your flowers or sew a piece onto your dress!

Something New

Continuing in the “something old, something new tradition”, new something new represents optimism for the future. Your ‘new’ could simply be your wedding dress. A trend right now is that brides will purchase a new perfume that their soon to be husband has never smelled before. This way that particular scent will bring back amazing memories of your big day.

New Initials 

Perfume

Something Borrowed

This addition to your wedding attire symbolizes borrowed happiness. This could be jewelry that your grandmother wore to her wedding or the veil your mother wore down the aisle.

Bible

Have a family member or someone you look up to lend their bible to you during the wedding. Tie a ribbon around it with you and your partner’s rings attached and have the ring barrier walk down the aisle with it. 

Jewelry

Ask your maid of honor or anyone you love for their favorite jewelry to wear on your special day! It is a great way to not only cut costs but to look back remember who gave you what.

Something Blue

The stands for purity, love, and fidelity. Incorporating blue is a great and chic way to have a pop of color on your wedding,  Wear blue earrings or shoes during your wedding day! Want to be subtle? Try stitching your new initials into your dress… of course, the blue is a must. Here are some more something blue ideas for brides:

Blue Stitching

Shoes and Accessories

A sixpence in your shoe

The sixpence wedding tradition represents a wish for good fortune and prosperity. This is mainly a Europe custom, that is rarely used nowadays because sixpences are no longer a currency. There are places to go online to purchase one if you want to stick to the sixpence dress tradition. When deciding on what shoes to wear with wedding dress consider if you want to place a lucky sixpence inside them. 

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