Thursday, December 10, 2015

Go Full Royal: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue for Your Wedding

Kate Middleton did it again! She stepped out and stunned the world, this time with a special tiara. The Duchess of Cambridge added the infamous Lover’s Knot tiara to her look for the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace. Known officially as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot, this tiara was a favorite by the late Princess Diana. All this talk about tiaras, jewelry, and princesses has us thinking back to the day she married Prince William. She wore the “halo tiara” designed by Cartier. It was an 18th birthday present to Queen Elizabeth from the late Queen Mother. Talk about a “something borrowed” for her wedding day, am I right? What do you have in mind for your something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue? Well, we have some ideas to help you go full royal on your big day!

Old English Tradition

Where in the world did this tradition come from anyways? It actually began in England in the form of an English rhyme:

“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe.”

The tradition also extends to brides adding four additional charms to their outfit or to carry throughout the day. These are symbols of good luck and are usually given to a bride by her mother, sisters, or other relatives.

As for the representation of each of these items, it goes as follows: something old represents continuity: something new offers optimism for the future: something borrowed means shared happiness: something blue represents purity.

So to help you carry on with this country’s old tradition, here are some of our takes on bringing something old, new, borrowed, and blue to your wedding.

Something Old:

Family Heirloom Jewelry

Have you ever received any type of jewelry from a family member? Maybe a brooch, earrings, or bracelet? You can take these pieces and have a professional convert them to a hairpiece or a newer piece of jewelry.

Dress Decor

OK, maybe a headpiece isn’t the look you want for your wedding hairdo. What about if you take a piece of family jewelry and have it sewn directly onto your dress. For example, you have a string of pearls or gemstones. You can easily take them apart and sew them onto your gown.

Family Wedding Dresses

You might not be keen on wearing your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress, but to save hurt feelings and keep in the theme of something old, you can still use part of their dress. An idea would be to take a piece of the old dress’ lace and use it as a headband/piece or wrapped around your bridal bouquet.

Something New:


When you’re getting married, everything seems new! But what about starting with those new initials you’re about to get? You can embroider the initials on a wrap around your bouquet or on the inside of your dress.


Why not go all out and find a great pair of earrings or a necklace that compliments your wedding look or engagement ring? Not everything has to be a family heirloom; your wedding is a great time to make some heirlooms for yourself!

Something Borrowed:


Sometimes it’s easy to forget the other main man in your life when you’re planning your wedding: your dad! Remember him and keep him close to you during your wedding by including something of his in your wedding attire. One of the ideas we have is to borrow his favorite tie. You can tie it around your bouquet, making it a stunning addition and a memorable moment for him.


Did one of your best girlfriends just get married, or does your mother still have her veil in her closet? Why not ask to borrow it for your big day? Instead of making the purchase, you can always ask someone close to you and make this your something borrowed.

Something Blue:


So blue might not be one of the colors for your wedding, but you still want to honor the tradition and include it. What do you do? Well you could always make your something blue a clutch. No one said what shade of blue you’ll need to pick, so you can pick anything from navy blue to aquamarine.

Hair Accessory

You know you’re going to have about a million and one bobby pins in your hair to make sure your perfect wedding hair lasts the whole day. Why not find ones with soft sapphires or cobalt blue gems on the end to represent your something blue? It’s a nice, subtle way to include the tradition without taking away from your overall look.

Sapphire Ring

You could go completely royal with this something blue look by opting to have sapphires in your engagement ring or wedding ring. It was one way Kate Middleton included a something blue in her wedding day look, and it could be yours too.

Ready to go full royal now? Get out there and find your something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue, today! It’s easier than you think. v

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