Tradition Inspiration: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

An age-old tradition that many brides like to incorporate into their walk down the aisle is to have something new, something old, something borrowed, and something blue. Here are some ideas to inspire you when checking off your list:

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Something Old

There are many different ways to incorporate something old, which represents the brides past, into a walk down the aisle. While the options are endless, we have a few suggestions that will stay true to tradition while adding a modern touch:

Carry a photo of your parents at their wedding with you. A great way to do this is to have a pocket sewn on the inside of your dress and tuck the photo away there.

If you have a pocket sewn in, you can request that the stitching be done in blue to cross two off your list.

Select an old pair of shoes to walk down the aisle in.

Wear the veil that your mother or grandmother wore when they got married.

Something New

“Something new” is one of the four that brides find easy to cross off their list. If you are looking for some creative inspiration, we have a few for you to consider:

Wear an undergarment piece that you were given at your bachelorette party.

Buy a new artisan crafted necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings.

If you purchased your wedding dress new, it counts!

Get new soles on an “old” pair of shoes. This is a great way to cross off something new and old.

Work with your bridesmaid [link to bridal party invite] to make a hair accessory (barrette, headband, a small dainty hat with lace, etc.)

Something Borrowed

Often times, friends and family members love to be part of your wedding experience and are a great source to “borrow” something from. Here are some ideas if you’re stumped:

Borrow jewelry from someone in your family. If it’s an heirloom, it can also count as “something old”.

“Borrow” your parent’s or grandparent’s first dance song. This also is a great opportunity to pay homage to your family while crossing “something borrowed” off your list.

Borrow your father or grandfather’s handkerchief or pocket watch.

Borrow your mother’s favorite lipstick to wear when you say, “I do”.

something blue ideas for wedding

Something Blue

While the color blue might not mix well with your wedding colors, there are many ways to incorporate a blue hue without disturbing the elegance and perfection of your wedding.

Blue Stitching: Adding blue stitching on the inside of your wedding dress is a subtle way to incorporate this tradition. For a modern twist, you can have you new initials monogrammed in blue stitching, your wedding date, or even you and your husband’s names.

** To let the groom join in on the fun, use the same thread and have your wedding date sewn until his collar. This will be hidden from plain sight and a fun memory for you both to share.

Blue by Betsey Johnson Heels: Not only are these shoes a great way to add some extravagance to your wedding day style, but the bottoms are painted light blue. This is a great way to fulfill something “new” and something “blue”.

Wear a blue garter under your wedding dress.

Get a pedicure and paint your nails blue. Don’t be afraid to play with the color and consider everything from a royal blue, navy blue, or even a light blue.

In blue permanent marker, write “I do!” and “I do, too!” on the bottom of your and your soon-to-be husband’s shoes.


Allyson JamesBeautiful Again Bridal

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