Guest Blogger - Katie Jones from the wedding ring shop Orla James blog!
Weddings are always a fun and festive time for all family and friends. A marriage symbolizes an everlasting union of two souls destined to live together in happiness and bliss. The joy that follows the wedding preparation and planning is all part of the love that most couples share. Wedding traditions play a huge role in the planning process, and most brides like to carry some part of their family tradition with them as they venture into their new future with their partner.
History of the Tradition
The age-old English traditional poem of having ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ is evergreen! Modern brides can learn a lot from olden times and incorporate these lucky charms into their weddings. Carrying these charms as you walk down the aisle is considered a symbol of fertility and luck. The old English poem also symbolizes good fortune for the lucky couple. Some people even believe that a bride is incomplete without these charms for luck.
Let us look at some ways in which modern brides can incorporate these charms into their weddings and carry on this lovely tradition with a trendy twist.
This is one of the most straightforward charms to consider while walking down the aisle. In earlier days, traditional brides would carry something that belonged to their family members like jewelry, a vintage comb, or a handkerchief. Modern brides have better options to choose from for their ‘something old.’ You can make a selection out of vintage cars that belong to family members, a locket containing photos of parents, a vintage necklace that belonged to your great-grandmother, and so on.
Some trendy brides even carry their family bible or their grandfather’s favorite piece of poetry as the cover of the floral bouquet. If you are against wearing jewelry that belonged to family members, you could opt to buy vintage pearls and have them woven into your gown to keep the tradition alive with a modern touch.
The ‘something borrowed’ is our favorite part of this tradition. Modern brides love the idea of borrowing their partner's name legally. You could opt for your new initials to be woven into your wedding veil as part of this tradition. Another fantastic idea for something borrowed would be to make a selection of comfortable sandals from your best friends’ shoe collection. Opt for a pair that suits your wedding dress and wear them in style.
Trendy and fashion forward brides also love the idea of borrowing designer shoes, clutches, and jewelry as part of their ‘something borrowed.’ You can hire a designer handbag, designer shoes, designer jewelry, and so on for a fee and return it after the wedding day. Your photographs will look stunning while keeping up with the traditional charms in a modern manner.
You can keep up the charm of your wedding tradition with a modern blue table setting, blue cocktails, or blue serviettes. Fashionable brides also enjoy the stunning contrast that blue sapphire jewelry provides a white wedding gown. You can opt for a beautiful earrings and choker or necklace set in blue sapphires that can also be used later on for special occasions and functions.
Another fantastic way to keep the age-old tradition alive with a modern twist is to opt for blue peep-toe shoes with a few rhinestones. These look gorgeous while walking down the aisle and dancing at the reception. Colorful heels in a vivid blue always look stunning against a perfect white wedding gown. If you want to keep the blue on the down low, you could also wrap your wedding bouquet with a few blue ribbons to keep the tradition alive with a modern outlook.