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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Wedding Gifting Etiquette 301: Guest Gifts

Hi lovely people!

This week will be the final part of our gifting etiquette discussion! Today we are focusing on treating your guests right by giving them a little something to walk away with (other than the crazy memories, that is!). Depending on whether your guests are spending the entire weekend celebrating your wedding, or just coming out for the day, you have options when it comes to presenting your guests with a memento. We recommend greeting guests who are staying overnight with a welcome package to introduce them to the area and with essentials for their stay. For a single-day celebration, you can gift them a sweet treat or something functional to remember your day!

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Welcome Gifts

Everyone loves a warm welcome! Welcome gifts aren’t always necessary, but if you have a destination wedding or have guests traveling in from out of town, then it is the courteous thing to do to make them feel at home. To be the hostess with the mostess, you can provide tote bags filled with items needed for planned activities throughout the weekend, maps noting the hot spots around town, and creature comforts that will help your guests enjoy their stay! We suggest choosing a theme and sticking to it with these gifts. Below is an example of one of our favorites with a “fun in the sun” vibe (filled with sunblock, water, flip-flops and cute sunnies)!

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We love a creative and useful wedding favor! While these adorable takeaway gifts may have fallen out of fashion due to budget restrictions, gifting your guests with a little something makes a big difference. Letting your guests know that they matter is essential to a successful day. Make sure your favor is something that your guests will take home and use or enjoy again after the wedding is over. These can be topical to your venue location, symbolic of something meaningful to you and your fiance, or just plain functional. Don’t waste your time or money on anything people will throw away! Some of our favorite ideas include fans or parasols to keep the heat off of your guests, wine stoppers, or mini bottles of champagne.

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Whatever you choose to gift your guests, whether it be a celebrity style swag bag or a small thoughtful token, we promise your guests will appreciate it. Over the last few weeks, we have discussed the various situations regarding the when, where and who of gifting your significant other, bridal party, families and guests for your wedding. We think it is super important that you know when you should show some love to your nearest and dearest so that no outpouring of love for you is overlooked. You only have to say thank you once to have someone remember your gratitude forever.

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Wedding Gifting Etiquette 201: Bridal Party & Family

Hi lovebirds!

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As we promised, this week is the second part of the gifting series! Today we will be discussing how to show love to your nearest and dearest including but not limited to; bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, flower girls and ring bearers and finally, your other half. Whoever you are gifting, first keep these general guidelines in mind:

  • First, we suggest that you always write handwritten thank you notes to everyone from the oldest members of the bridal party to the youngest.
  • Share your gift in a timely manner:
    • All bridal party members should receive some kind of thank you note and token for participating in your wedding the weekend of the wedding
    • Bridal party members should receive an additional thank you note with a gift for hosting any of the following gatherings in your honor: engagement party, shower, bachelor/bachelorette party, etc.
  •  Third, gift with creativity!

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Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

When tackling your thank you notes, remember to be authentic and grateful. We suggest you gift something functional and cute for your whole bridal party… something they can use in the future, not just on your wedding day. We adore the idea of personalized hangers because, let’s face it, pretty clothes are a gals best friend and who doesn’t want something fancy to hang your best outfit on?!?

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For the fellas, we suggest something personalized that they would never purchase for themselves. Engraved flasks, fancy pocket watches, and monogrammed cufflinks are all fab ideas to class up your groomsmen while gifting them something special yet functional that they will keep forever.

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We think sentimentality is the key to thanking your parents properly on your wedding day. As with the guys, the key here is items that are personalized. Nothing flashy is needed, just something they can treasure… Don’t forget, this is a big day in their lives as well! A simple, elegant framed picture with a handwritten note on the back or something like a customized locket or a tie are genius ideas for parent gifts that they can keep forever and will bring tears to their eyes. Your goal here is to make them cry!

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Flowergirls and Ringbearers

You can’t forget about the tiniest members of your bridal party! Go practical and look into what toys or games they would enjoy. We suggest asking their parents how they currently like to spend their time and what they are currently into to get an idea for a fun gift. Again, tailor your gift to the personal likes of the specific kids in your wedding for the win!

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Your Better Half

Want to pull at the heartstrings before walking down the aisle? Earn some extra credit by surprising your fiance with a little something moments before you tie the knot. No one knows them better than you do! Gift something personal that will make their heart grow three times its size, like an original copy of her favorite book. Or spice things up by giving him a boudoir photo album! Sexy or sweet, this is just a taste of the greatest gift you both will receive that day – each other.

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Finally, if your officiant is a friend or family member, we suggest gifting them like you would for anyone in your bridal party (see above). May all your gifting escapades be bundled with joy and stay tuned for part three next Wednesday.

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