Every bride-to-be is familiar with the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on her wedding day. It actually comes from an English poem, and can be found in an 1871 short story:
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
Nowadays, the sixpence is usually left out of the equation, although some brides do slip a penny or a dime into a shoe in the hopes of ensuring future prosperity. At Lavalier, there’s nothing we love more than jewelry, and honoring this little ditty is the perfect way for brides to accessorize while keeping with tradition. Here are our favorite ideas to make this custom a part of your wedding day!
Some brides wrinkle their noses at wearing anything ‘old’ on their wedding day, but old doesn’t have to mean old-fashioned! Look for an item that represents continuity, linking the bride to the family she was raised in – or the family she is joining. A family heirloom is perfect for this. Remember, it says ‘old,’ not necessarily ‘ancient,’ so something like your mother’s veil certainly counts. We like the idea of using a bit of the veil to wrap your bouquet, and securing it with a vintage pin. For a modern twist, make a brooch bouquet!
Hey, future husbands – this one’s for you! Your wedding day is the perfect time to get your bride a new piece of jewelry. The ‘something new’ signifies optimism about the future. You’re creating a new union and a new family, and wearing something new is a symbol of your hopes and dreams. Surprise your fiancée with a bracelet or pair of earrings the night before the wedding. And insurance can wait until after the honeymoon – coverage through Lavalier automatically gives current customers thirty days of limited coverage on newly-purchased jewelry.
Although an 1898 book on English folklore recommends that the bride borrow an undergarment of a woman with many children in the hopes that her fertility will be passed on to the bride, we suggest something a little less…gross. Plus, are you really going to ask to borrow someone’s underwear? Instead, opt for a statement necklace from a (happily married) friend or family member. Your borrowed item shows that your loved ones will always be there for you, both at your wedding and in the future. It’s a good way to wear something extravagant or expensive that you don’t actually want to purchase and keep forever. If your friends and family have an eccentric sense of style, check out Happily Ever Borrowed – they have tons of gorgeous accessories you can rent for your special day.
While we sometimes think of blue as a sad color, it actually represents purity, love, and fidelity. You are getting married to your ‘true blue’ partner, after all! There are many creative ways to incorporate a little blue into your wedding day attire. Some women paint their nails blue, or wear blue shoes or a blue garter. You can always take this opportunity to add a bit of color into your jewelry, as well. Royal blue sapphires are gorgeous and will sparkle with any shade of wedding dress. Lighter blue aquamarines set in a hair clip or headband will accentuate your highlights and complement every hair color.
In the flurry and excitement of your wedding day, things can easily get lost or misplaced, particularly smaller items like jewelry. Get your jewelry insured with the help of Lavalier, and you’ll know that no matter how many wardrobe changes you make, Lavalier has you covered. Then you can save that silver sixpence for a rainy day!
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