Brides wear and incorporate something old, something borrowed, something blue (thanks Crissy at http://www.DePoyStudios.com for our something blue shoe photo), and something new on their wedding day for good luck.¬† There is a 5th item, a sixpence in your shoe, or a penny in your shoe, which is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.¬† The sixpence tends to remain largely a British custom. ¬†¬†As a wedding planner, there is no ‚Äúright‚ÄĚ answer, yet would recommend incorporating your items below to fit your personality, traditions, and ‚Äúown it!‚ÄĚ
Something Old¬† is a symbol of your family, and your life before marriage, in particular with your mother or grandmother.¬† Your old item may be an antique, an heirloom object, or a sentimental piece that represents the bride‚Äôs past.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Use some of the wedding gown fabric or lace from your mother‚Äôs wedding gown or your grandmother‚Äôs wedding gown and sew it inside your gown.¬† (Make sure you ask before just cutting into their wedding gown!)
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wear something vintage.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wear antique combs, pins, or barrettes.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wear white, ivory, or lace gloves.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Shrink down a photo of you, your mother, and your grandmother together and put it in a bracelet or locket from your mother or grandmother.¬† (Could double as your something old and something borrowed, a two-for-one!)
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Include a video montage to include some photos of you growing up.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Carry a love letter saved by your mom from your father.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Display or carry a photo of your parents or grandparents when they were younger.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Have your wedding at a historic location.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Have a vintage car for your transportation.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Use an antique bookmark to mark your ceremony readings.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Get a relative‚Äôs monogrammed handkerchief to wipe away your tears of joy.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Find an antique tussy mussy for the bride‚Äôs bouquet.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Carry a childhood treasure (like a ring, bracelet, locket, etc.).
Something New¬† is a symbol for your new life ahead, and your new union!
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Buy new jewelry.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Buy new shoes.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† A key to your new home, may be hidden in your bouquet.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Buy a lucky penny minted the year of your wedding (then save it for your daughter‚Äôs something old when she gets married.)
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† If you‚Äôre taking your groom‚Äôs last name, you‚Äôll also be gaining a new monogram.¬† Incorporate this new monogram into your wedding dress, a sash, or a ribbon for your bouquet.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Create a hashtag for your wedding #MHwedding.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Create a wedding website.
Something Borrowed is a symbol of borrowed happiness, which is normally lent to you by a happily married woman who is a close friend or family member.¬† The borrowed item is returned the day after the wedding, with a handwritten thank-you note.¬† A nice gesture is to have someone take a photo of you with the item as a keepsake to send to them.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Borrow a book from the library for your reading or poem for your ceremony.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Borrow jewelry, barrettes, or something sentimental from your mother, grandmother, or aunt.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† If you are the type who cries at happy moments, borrow a monogrammed handkerchief from your father or grandfather.
Something Blue is a symbol for fidelity, purity, and love. For Christian brides, it is also a symbol of the Virgin Mary.¬† There are many¬† hues of blue, so pick one you love.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wear blue shoes.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wear a blue garter.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Carry a blue purse.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wear a blue sash on your dress.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Have something blue on your bouquet.
–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Have a blue pen for signing the marriage license.
Sixpence in Your Shoe, some say ‚ÄúA lucky penny in her shoe,‚ÄĚ is a symbol of good fortune and pr osperity.¬† The sixpence is traditionally placed in the bride‚Äôs left shoe, yet may be carried in her purse.
– Find a penny minted in the year of the wedding and tape it to the bottom of the sole of your shoe.¬† Later you may frame it or add it to your scrapbook, or your daughter may wear it as her ‚Äúsomething old‚ÄĚ in the future.
Copyright 2013, Kim Horn, MBC‚ĄĘ
To hire Kim as your wedding planner, call 480.921.7891 or text your name, wedding date, and wedding planner request to 602.418.9089.
Kim M. Horn, MBC‚ĄĘ
Master Bridal Consultant | 1 of 61 in the World
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AZ State Coordinator Assoc. of Bridal Consultants May 2003 ‚Äď May 2012
2010 Annual Conference Chair (worked with David Tutera) – Assoc. of Bridal Consultants