Something Old, Something New...
...Something borrowed, something blue.
With wedding season in full swing we thought we could help give some ideas regarding this age-old wedding proverb. But where did this rhyme come from and what does it mean?
The tradition dates back to the late 19th Century, Victorian England. "The oldest written reference is in an 1871 issue of St. James Magazine."
Something old represents a tie to the past and the bride's family.
Something old can be an heirloom piece passed down from a family member or something vintage found in a jewelry store. Redesigning an antique piece is also great. Many clients take family jewelry, pull the stones, and reset them set into a modern design.
When it comes to the 'something old', skies the limit! Feel free to be creative. For example, take this beautiful vintage pin and convert it into a barrette, making it unexpected and unique.
Something new represents the future.
Wearing something new on your wedding day is about the hope and optimism for the future. The 'new' can be your engagement ring, or it can be a piece specifically picked as a future heirloom piece.
Taking a classic element like pearls and re-creating a modern look is just one way a bride can accessorize on her wedding day.
Something borrowed represents good luck.
Something borrowed from a friend or family member who is happily married is meant to bring good luck. This special item can be a bold fashion ring, worn as a statement piece and borrowed from your best friend. Or maybe grandma's earrings are sentimental, worn on her wedding day, decades before.
Grab one bracelet from each of your bride's maids and go for the layered look.
The point is to borrow something you may never have the opportunity to wear, but also brings extra joy on your special day.
Something blue represents love, purity, and fidelity.
Deciding what that 'something blue' should be can be tricky. Combining elements is a great way to accessorize with purpose and sentiment. Something borrowed could be a beautiful vintage ring or bracelet from a family member. Wearing one accent-piece like a subtle Aquamarine pendant necklace is a lovely way to add just a hint of blue.
If you're looking for something blue that is unique, Turquoise brings an organic, artisanal feel to any bridal look. Turquoise has long been considered a stone that guarantees health, good fortune, and protection from evil. Who doesn't want that on her wedding day?
Congratulations to all the couples getting married this year!