Keeping Tradition Alive Part 2: Something Old And Something New

Hi, Love Birds!

This week we are continuing with our series about incorporating something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue into your special day. Today we are talking about the old and the new! So let’s break it down into two categories: jewelry and attire, so you can incorporate them as you walk down the aisle.

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Something Old: Jewelry

As we mentioned last week, something old represents protection for the bride’s future baby and continuity. Here are a few creative ways to add in this antique bit:


Something sentimental, special, and old that you can wear is a family heirloom. It could be a mother or grandmothers ring that was passed down to you when your fiance proposed or lent to you for the walk down the aisle. If you are borrowing the ring, you can tie it in your bouquet or even onto your dress somewhere hidden!

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Antique Pocket Watch

Another creative idea is to wear an ancestor’s pocket watch that has been around longer than time can tell!

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Grandmother’s Pearls

You can never go wrong with a classy set of pearls passed down from Grandma!

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Something Old: Attire

Here are some additional ideas about incorporating the old into your attire.


You can use an old tie from your father or grandfather and wrap it around the bottom of the bouquet for a special touch!

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Vintage Veil

You can use a veil from a previous wedding to bring it all together!

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Gently Used Dress

There’s nothing sweeter than using bits from mom or grandma’s wedding dress in a design of your own.

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Something New: Jewelry

The something new is the easy part! Anything purchased specifically for you is your something new! This is meant to symbolize optimism for the future, so here are a few ideas in jewelry and attire to show just how bright that future is:


The ring doesn’t have to be the only bling you get that day! Maybe even your fiance will want to treat you with a special surprise gift right before the big moment like this hubby did.

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Another special gift to give would be a new necklace for the bride to wear on that day and every day after!


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A little glitz never hurt! A shiny, new pair of earrings could fit perfectly on your day.

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Something New: Attire

Buying something new can be even easier than selecting some new jewels. Check out more items you can (and probably will) buy new!


You can never own enough shoes, so purchasing a new pair for your Wedding is just another win!

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Say Yes to the Dress

Your wedding dress is timeless and typically something bought new so it can be tailored to your fit and style although it can include some old aspects like we mentioned previously.

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If you seriously want to sparkle, try incorporating a new belt to go along with your Wedding Dress!

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Every day with your loved one will build upon the old and allow you to start something new, check back next week to learn about why you two will never be blue and remember, one item can be used for any of the four categories. Combining the rhyme is completely ok in our rulebook!

Keeping Tradition Alive: The Old, The New, The Borrowed, The Blue

Hello Lovely People,

Wedding traditions are passed down throughout history, but as time moves forward, it can be easy to forget what they truly represent. Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to explore what the rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” really means, and how you can use it in your celebration!

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What the rhyme is and the history behind it

The full rhyme is as follows:

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”

So where did this all come from? This saying is an Anglo-American tradition that likely originated in Lancastershire, England. Two of the earliest written accounts of the saying are both from London. One account is from St. James Magazine and a second is from Charlotte Sophia Burn who was the president of London’s Folklore Society. Many brides choose to implement the 4 or 5 different components of the rhyme into their wedding for good luck in their future marriage. Now let’s break down this traditional saying.

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Each item and its meaning

Something Old

Incorporating something old represents protection for the bride’s future baby and continuity.

Something New

Use something new in your wedding to symbolize optimism for the future.

Something Borrowed

Throw in something borrowed to symbolize happiness and luck if you wear something that a previous bride wore on her wedding day. It is advised to wear an undergarment from the previous bride if she had children to pass along that blessing of fertility.

Something Blue

Something blue is meant to represent purity, love, and fidelity. Wedding veterans suggest wearing a blue garter, but we leave it open to other ideas as well.

A sixpence in her shoe

This often-ignored part of the rhyme is meant to represent prosperity in your life as a newly wedded couple.

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The importance of the tradition

While it is cute and fun to incorporate all 5 of these things in your wedding, it is definitely not mandatory. It is a nod to folklore customs and some good luck, but we know that your happily ever after isn’t based on an old, blue garter. If you can’t hit all of the 5 different points, don’t stress! We promise you can still have a luck-filled life with a happy and healthy relationship.

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How to incorporate it

Should you decide to include some or all parts of the rhyme into your special day, look no further to discover some new ideas than our weekly blog post! We will be going into how you can do old, new, borrowed, and blue separately each week, but don’t be fooled into believing that you need 4 or 5 different items. There can and will be overlap in the items that you use, don’t feel bad for combining!  We can’t wait to see how you style your wedding with all of our old, new, borrowed and blue ideas heading your way!

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Interactive Wedding Ideas

Good Morning Love Birds,

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We can almost hear the wedding bells chime! As wedding season swiftly approaches and couples start to head into the home-stretch preparing for their celebrations, what is on everyone’s mind is how to help their guests have a great time at their party! What better way to ensure that your guests have a blast than to make your wedding interactive! Everyone wants to hear those magical words, “yours was the best wedding ever”. The greatest way to accomplish this goal is to have your friends and family get up, move around, and socialize. We are talking beyond the usual sit down dinner, small talk, and (embarrassing) dance floor moves. Today we will explore ideas for how you can get your guests up and about and maybe even hear those 6 special words. Here are the four main ways to get your party people up and out of their seats and we’re going to dive into each and every one of them. So without further ado…


Providing a few games gives guests something to do during cocktail hour. If you have an open lawn at your reception, use it! Having some entertaining pastimes on the lawn allows guests to be playful without breaking the bank. Here are some of our ideas:


This one is a classic! Some light-hearted competition is always fun.

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Giant Jenga

Who said Jenga was just for kids? Bring this game back to get guests of all ages involved.

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Bocce Ball / Croquet

These old school games that bring a sense of nostalgia to your party!

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Ping Pong

We particularly love a bit of table tennis during cocktail hour!

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Table Games

Family games never get old, this is a fun way to get everyone at the table talking.

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Interactive Guestbooks

Another way to get your guests involved is to provide a unique guest book activity. This gives your friends and family an opportunity to flex an intellectual muscle rather than pulling any.

Notes of Advice

You can never use too much advice! Let your guests speak their wisdom.

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Date Night Suggestions

Let your guests have some fun in planning your next date night!

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Wine Corks

If you and your fiance love wine, a fun and creative idea is to have your guests sign wine corks that you can use later for a frame or work or art!

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Paint a Canvas

For our art-loving couples, consider having your guests paint a scene on a canvas for you to take home at the end of the night and hang in your future home.

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Give a Nod to Your Past

Using the state outlines for the guests to sign is unique and makes it exciting to see where other people are visiting from!

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Polaroid Guestbook

A picture is worth a thousand words, let your guests speak volumes with a polaroid guest book. The best part of this guestbook is that you can get extra film and this can double as a DIY selfie station!

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Interactive Food Ideas

As much as we love the formality of a sit-down meal, food stations are fun and keep guests entertained as they receive their food.

Open Flame

Have the food cooked right in front of the guests, whether that be burgers or a fire pit to roast their own marshmallows.

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Pasta or Mashed Potato Bar

Have a chef prepare fresh sides with a choice of customized toppings!

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Not to go back in time, but a fab cheese or dessert fondue bar is always super fun for your guests a huge hit at weddings!

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Interactive Reception Entertainment

Finally, to make your wedding unique, we have compiled some creative options for additional interactive stations for your 21 and over guests.

Cigar Rolling Station

Teach your guests a new trick and have them learn to roll their own cigar!

The wedding of Irene Legaspi and Chris Josol was photography by Hannah Arista for Docuvitae at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles, CA on September 27th, 2014.

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Hookah Station / Cannabis Tent

Now that cannabis is legal in California, why not incorporate it into your wedding for older guests! If not, you can bring a hookah lounge to your wedding for a smoky good time.

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Fine Liquor Tastings

Have a professional guide your guests through a high-end tasting of bourbon, scotch or tequila!

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Remember, make sure that all of your interactive options are properly handled by professionals. If you want to splurge on these activities, check out our DIY blog post to check out some tips on when you can DIY to save some money!


Wedding DIY Do’s and Don’ts

Hello Lovelies,

Planning for your special day is exciting, but can be stressful as you try to create the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. We want you to save as much money as possible, which is why sometimes do-it-yourself projects can be the best way to get a lot of pretty, with only a little bit of money. If you are going to “DIY”, keep these six tips in mind before taking on your new project:

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1. Start your projects early and time your tasks accordingly. Don’t plan to finish all of your projects within the month of your wedding date! Make sure to give yourself deadlines ahead of time. We suggest spacing it out so you only have one project on your plate per month.

2. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Know yourself, if you aren’t crafty don’t choose a complicated project. Stick to simple.

3. Compare Costs. Double check that making the item yourself is actually less expensive than buying it off of Etsy or having one of your vendors signed onto your wedding provide it.

4. Ask for help. It’s ok to ask for assistance from the people around you to make sure you get everything done in time!

5. Keep everything organized and well-packed (trust us on this one!).

6. Use good crafting products! Don’t just go cheap, you want your glue to stick and your art to stay put together.

Now onto the nitty-gritty. Here is our list of when it is best to DIY and when we suggest you turn to the pros.

Great Spots to DIY


You can easily craft your own party favors depending on what it is that you want to give away! We love these little blue boxes that you could buy yourself, then hot glue the red ribbon on top, and finally pop in a little treat to go with the wedding theme. Other great options include cute bags of coffee beans from a place you’ve traveled together, mini potted succulents, homemade jarred jam… the options of little goodies to gift your guests are endless!

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You can definitely write your own signs for your event when you own the board/sign. If you are renting the boards, mirrors or glass, we do not recommend trying to have yourself or anyone on your crew do artwork on your wedding day. This is definitely a “do in advance” kind of DIY project, not a “make it happen on the day of” (or night before) kind of thing.

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Place cards/seating assignments

These can also easily be crafted with some good handwriting and attention to detail! If you are having an outdoor wedding, make sure the names are heavy in weight or tethered down so that none of them fly away.

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Pop-out details

Any little details that you want to add to your decorations and environment can be easily hand-crafted. Something we love to utilize are fanned pieces of paper as background decorations.

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Times We Suggest You Don’t DIY


Few friends or family are willing to Unless one of your bridesmaids or family members is a floral designer, we highly suggest you go with a professional to coordinate your blooms. Even if your friends or family are willing to help, they will also have to be ok knowing that they will be missing out on your special day to devote their time to your floral arrangements. Whether it is you or a friend, organizing the flowers will cost more time and energy than they are worth. They also often end up looking poorly displayed because they weren’t appropriately treated or stored. The worst part yet is that at the end of the event you will have to properly take down all of the decor and transport it. This leaves your loved ones staying long after the guests have already left to tear down the florals and drive them home in cars (yes, plural) brimming with your floral arrangements.

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DJ: Music & MC Services

Hiring a professional DJ is essential to the flow of your wedding. Even if you already know what you want them to play, having someone whose whole job is to guide your guests, feel out the crowd while dancing, and provide all the necessary equipment to keep your party moving is one of the best investments you can make to ensure the success of your party.

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Your food should always be served by a licensed, insured company to make sure your guests are served properly and to avoid any lawsuits!

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Hopefully, we saved you from a DIY disaster with our guidelines and suggestions. We want to hear from you, comment below with some of your favorite DIY wedding projects!