Something Old, Something New: Tradition Explained

Blair Donovan has been published by Country Living,, Redbook, & She has a bachelor's degree in professional writing and journalism.

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Antique Getaway Car

Make your exit in style with a vintage getaway car. Riding off inlớn the sunmix as newlyweds has never looked cooler. Plus, it makes for the perfect photo op!

Family Heirloom

Accessorize your wedding-day ensemble with a sentimental family heirloom, like a string of pearls or diamond earrings. This bride wore her late grandmother"s pearl bracelet và antique drop pearl earrings while her partner donned accessories khổng lồ honor both their grandfathers.

Vintage Phokhổng lồ Booth

Put a unique spin on the photo booth trover with an old-timey inspired camera that still produces digital prints. Or, go full vintage with an actual film camera. Just keep in mind these photos will take longer khổng lồ develop.

Antique Lockets With Family Photos

Keep deceased relatives cthất bại to the heart on the big day by including their photos in antique lockets. You can wear them on your person or attach them to your bouquet lượt thích this bride did with photos of her late father. She also wore his Purple Heart in the lining of her dress.

Ceremonial Readings

Your something old can also be metaphorical, of course, symbolized by the readings the two of you choose lớn include in your ceremony. At their wedding in the Basque Country of Spain, Chris và Zachary opted forthe love sonnet "XVII"by Pablo Neruda, a reading from"Song of the mở cửa Road"by Walternative text Whitman, and John 15:9-12.

Vintage Dog Collar

If your pooch is lucky enough to earn ring-bearer status, celebrate your something old with a one-of-a-kind dog collar. For their Colorado elopement, country musician Shelly Fairchild và her partner, Deborah, took fabric & buttons from one of their late grandmother"s collections lớn customize their border terrier"s ring-bearing neckwear. Your pup will never be more proud.

Melissa Marshall

Phokhổng lồ by Melissa Marshall

Last-Name Ring

Add lớn your wedding-day bling with a modern, multi-finger ring featuring your new last name. Or, if that"s too long (or you"re not planning on changing your name), how about simply "Mrs." or "Mr." (or whichever titles apply) or a meaningful four-letter word, such as "love"? It"ll garner just as much attention as your gorgeous engagement sparkler.

Custom Mokhổng lồ Jacket

Stay cool (in both senses of the word) with a custom wedding jacket, such as a blaông chồng leather mokhổng lồ. Personalize the baông xã with embroidered words like "Just Married" or both of your initials. We also love the idea of adding in your wedding date either to the back or in small print on the cuff of a sleeve sầu.

Unique Cufflink

Anyone wearing a suit can mô tả the love sầu by wearing a set of cuffliên kết representative sầu of their style—which, while something new on the wedding day, is also something they"ll be able to lớn wear for many years khổng lồ come. Who knows? Maybe they will become a future something borrowed or even, way in the future, something old.

Matching Tattoos

While going in for matching wedding tattoos before your actual wedding day is somewhat unconventional, if the two of you go this route, you can definitely count these as your something new on the big day. Just be sure lớn get them done with ample healing time prior. A red, flakey, or swollen tattoo is probably not the look you"re going for on your wedding day.

Cozy Cover-Up

Tying the knot during chilly temps? Layer up with a cool white jacket or a chic cape lớn keep the look bridal và stay warm in style. As a bonus, every time you pull your warm & cozy cover-up out of the clophối, you"ll be reminded of all the happy memories from your wedding day.

Embroidered Pillow

One option for any bride who doesn"t want to necessarily wear her something new is to have sầu the ring bearer carry a custom embroidered ring pillow. A dual-duty thành tích, this will keep in line with the tradition and also ensure the rings stay safe & sound. You can also combine multiple traditions here by incorporating borrowed lace from a relative"s wedding gown.

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Glam Jewels

Accessories designer Arden Wohl wore a jade và rose quartz headband-cum-tiara as her something new, which was a gift from her wedding planner"s mother, jewelry designer Karen Erickson. But don"t think your something-new jewels are limited to headwear. Whether your bling is by way of tiara or bracelet, jewelry is a classic way khổng lồ incorporate the tradition.

Something-Borrowed Ideas

If happiness multiplies when shared, something borrowed is a great way lớn start your marriage.

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Fabric From a Relative's Gown

If borrowing an entire wedding gown from your mother or grandmother isn"t feasible (maybe it"s too delicate for alterations), don"t fret. You can still take pieces of fabric from a sentimental family wedding dress và easily incorporate them into lớn your look, perhaps as a lace belt or chic choker. Just be sure you kiểm tra with your family before cutting up any prized heirlooms.

Wedding Venue

There"s no grander way to lớn honor the something-borrowed tradition than in the wedding venue itself. One couple tied the knot in Oregon at the bride"s family farm, where her parents also wed. The property has been in the family for generations, deeming it certified "borrowed" status by wedding tradition standards.

A Relative's Tie

Wearing your father or grandfather"s tie is certainly one way to lớn bring it into the wedding. However, if you"re not planning lớn actually wear a tie lớn your nuptials, there are other options khổng lồ incorporate the sentiment. One bride"s father passed away after she graduated college, so she honored his memory by tying one of his ties around the stems of her wedding bouquet.

A Wedding Veil

Wearing a whole gown from the "80s may not be what you had in mind. Instead, try borrowing just the veil from a relative sầu khổng lồ bestow their marital luck onlớn your own. Alternatively, you can totally borrow your bestie"s to honor your friendship while scoring a style that may be more current (though we vị love sầu a good vintage accessory).

Your Mother's Jewelry

With so many bridal jewelry pieces khổng lồ choose from, you can easily double one of your nuptial accessories as your something borrowed. Wear earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet that belongs to someone cthua thảm khổng lồ you. If there"s ever a good reason to raid your mother"s jewelry cabinet, this is it.

Something-Blue Ideas

Blue symbolizes fidelity, but it"s also a very pretty way lớn add color khổng lồ your wedding whites.

Phokhổng lồ By Joel Serrato

Sentimental Handkerchief

Have sầu a little fun with the something-blue tradition và remind yourselves not lớn shed any (wink, wink) ugly tears on the big day with a xanh handkerchief. These can also serve sầu as a super-sweet embroidered letter or wedding-day note. And hey, if it"s anything especially heart-felt, you"ve sầu already got the means khổng lồ wipe away your happy tears!

Monogram Embroidery

To commemorate your wedding day, stitch your initials (your new ones if you"re changing your name) inkhổng lồ the lining of your gown or jacket sleeve sầu in xanh. Other monogram ideas include the date of your wedding or you and your partner"s first initials, joined by an ampers&.

Sapphire Jewelry

You don"t have to lớn have a sapphire engagement ring lớn dawn the gem on your wedding day. Bring in your something blue with this dazzling ocean-hued stone as a phối of earrings, hairpiece, necklace, or bracelet. Sapphire not your thing? Other xanh jewelry ideas include aquamarine, xanh opal, blue topaz, and turquoise.

Your Shoes

Make like Carrie Bradshaw và uphold the tradition by rocking a pair of blue wedding shoes down the aisle. If you"re wanting khổng lồ err on the more traditional side, save the blue footwear for your reception. Switching shoes after the ceremony also means you have the option lớn change into something more comfortable và dance-friendly.

Your Garter

No one ever said your something xanh has to be visible, right? Well up until the garter toss, at least. Add blue lace details or roông chồng a full-on cobalternative text garter underneath your wedding attire.

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