Something Old, Something New Wedding Ideas

I am sure you have attended a wedding or two and have seen some wedding traditions, but have you ever wondered where they came from?

Something Old, Something New Wedding Gift Hamper Idea
Image: Delyth Bello

The white dress, exchanging of rings, throwing confetti, and tossing the bouquet are just a few. Not many people know the meaning behind them.

Bride with Traditional Italian Style Long Wedding Veil
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Nonetheless, whether we know the meaning or not, Brides like to honour old traditions. And to make them more meaningful to them, they want to put their own twist on it.

Something Old
Something New
Something Borrowed
Something Blue
And A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

This poem is one of my favourite wedding traditions. It is a British custom and dates back to the 19th Century.

The Bride would wear or carry five items relating to the poem in the hopes of bringing good luck into her marriage.

Bridal Party Wedding Outfits Hanging Up
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So how can you creatively bring each one into your wedding?

Something Old

Something Old represents the past. Some creative ideas for a modern twist:

  • Leave in a vintage get-away car.
  • Recreate a photo from your Parents wedding day.  
  • If you are lucky enough to have your Grandmother in attendance, why not give her the honour and embrace the trend of Grandma’s as flower girls.
Blue Vintage Get-Away Wedding Car 'Just Married'

Something New

Something New represents the future. Some creative ideas for a modern twist:

  • Design new matching tattoos.
  • Make a new Instagram hashtag that your guests can use to tag your wedding photos.
  • Wear a new perfume so that the scent will always remind you of your special day.
Wedding Instagram Hashtag For Guests to Tag Your Wedding Photos - Share The Love
Image: Rocket and Fox

Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed represents borrowed happiness. Some creative ideas for a modern twist:

  • Borrow ideas from the wedding of a loved one. Dance to your Parent’s first dance song or replicate a friend’s wedding cake. 
  • Celebrate your borrowed last name by stitching it inside your wedding dress.
  • Borrow a signature cocktail from your favourite bar, and serve it at the reception called Something Borrowed.
Something Borrowed Personalised Wedding Cocktail Idea
Image: Brides Magazine

Something Blue

Queen Victoria started the tradition of wearing a white wedding dress in 1840. Before this, most Brides traditionally wore a blue dress to represent purity, love, and fidelity. Some creative ideas for a modern twist:

Pale Blue Wedding Journal Planner Gift
Image: Weddbook

And A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

Silver Sixpence represents future success and wealth. The Bride’s Father was traditionally responsible for placing the sixpence in her shoe. Some creative ideas for a modern twist:

  • Use a coin from the year you met.
  • Use a coin from the year you get married.
  • Go on a date to the Royal Mint and strike a coin.

Brides can have some real fun by creatively blending the past, present and future! The wonderful thing about this tradition is that other people can take part in it.

Bride-to-Be Gift Hamper

As a Bridesmaid for my Best Friend, I, along with her other Bridesmaids, came up with a fun way to put a twist on an old tradition.

Bride and Bridesmaids Wearing Blush Pink Robes Slumber Party
Image: Delyth Bellow

We all stayed at The Old School Cottage the evening before the wedding. We surprised the Bride with a Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue gift hamper. 

We paid homage to her favourite childhood band, The Spice Girls, for her Something Old. We wrapped up the Spice Girls’ Greatest Hits album in the hope it would remind her of happy memories spent with her sisters and cousins.

Something Old, Something New Wedding Gift Hamper Ideas for Bride to Be
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For her Something New, we framed Say You Won’t Let Go lyrics by James Arthur. We hoped a framed print of the couple’s first dance song would bring good luck.

Wedding Gift First Dance Lyrics Framed Wall Art
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For Something Borrowed, each of the Bridesmaids lent a piece of advice. We typed them up onto a scroll and fastened it with a ribbon.

Bride to Be Reading Borrowed Advice From her Bridesmaids
Image: Delyth Bello

For Something Blue, we included celebratory bubbles tying it with a powder blue ribbon.

We presented the gift hamper in a wooden crate filled with soft blue heart tissue paper.

Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Wedding Gift Hamper For Bride to Be
Image: Delyth Bello

With just a little thought and imagination, you can incorporate this custom into your wedding.

Bridesmaids Wearing Pink Blush Robes Slumber Party
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How did you modernise an old tradition? Leave a comment and let me know.

Bride and Bridesmaids Wearing Blush Pink Robes Drinking Prosecco Slumber Party
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