Something Old, Something New

Photo courtesy Tangerine Tree Photography

The Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue wedding tradition is one that every bride has heard of (and heard of, and heard of). So today, we wanted to steer clear of the tried-and-true ideas for fulfilling each of these charms and offer up a modern-twist on a (very) old wedding tradition.

Before we delve into our (super chic) ideas for the Something Old, Something New tradition, we wanted to offer up a (super short) history lesson. The saying actually comes from an Old English rhyme that details the five items every bride should wear on her wedding day (a sixpence being the all-too-often-forgotten fifth), each symbolizing something specific. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity; and “a sixpence in her shoe” is a wish for good fortune and prosperity (although this remains largely a British custom).

Now that you’re a total history buff, we wanted to offer up a few new (and oh-so-clever) ideas for fulfilling this old wedding tradition. And, to help bring to life whatever creative idea you dream of…meet the miracle-working Lynnie Deide of Lucky To Be In Love.  One of our favorite creative gurus, Lynnie specializes in creating one-of-a-kind pieces for special events (think: intricate chalkboard art, custom shoes, hand painted table numbers) and is your go-to girl for fulfilling the Something Old, Something New tradition without having to don your Aunt Karen’s circa-1984 gown.

Something Old

Who says the bride has to wear every one of the charms? Why not incorporate them throughout your wedding aesthetic? Use a piece of reclaimed wood (bonus points if you can find out where it originally came from) for your wedding signage to fulfill the Something Old portion of this tradition.

Photo courtesy John Schnack

Something New

Don a “Something New” that’ll blow away your guests and Reach out to Lucky To Be In Love for a pair of killer custom kicks. Lynnie will hand paint everything from lyrics from your song to the silhouette of the place you met to your college mascot on a pair of heels. Don’t want your wedding shoes to get more attention than you? Why not wear a pair of classic heels or flats for the ceremony, and then switch over to some custom Toms for the reception. (Want to incorporate the “sixpence” tradition into your wedding? Here’s a great place to do so. Ask Lynnie to paint a lucky coin inside your custom shoe.)

Photo courtesy Joielala

Something Borrowed

Instead of borrowing that 80’s gown we talked about earlier, save yourself the fashion disaster and borrow a talent instead. We recommend borrowing Lynnie’s (freakishly amazing) illustrating skills and opting for a hand-painted wedding suite element (like a constellation-inspired table number) or jaw-dropping chalkboard artwork.

Photo courtesy Max Wanger

Something Blue

Use something blue in place of a traditional guestbook. We love the idea of having guests sign a blue surfboard or guitar or even type a note on a turquoise typewriter.

That’s what we’ve rounded up for you today. Lynnie believes “every person has an idea, a style, and a story that needs to be told” and we couldn’t agree more. We love the idea of using Lucky To Be In Love’s killer talents to help you tell it (and to check the Something Old Something New tradition off of your to-do list).


About the Author

Christina Farrow
Christina Farrow

As Aisle Planner’s President and Founder, Christina Farrow spends her days dreaming up ways to empower wedding professionals to lead more balanced (and more organized) lives. She loves few things more than her toes in the sand, a glass of champagne and the promise of a great adventure with hubby, daughter and Caucasian Shepherd pup by her side.

One thought on “Something Old, Something New”

  1. LOVE this. Lynnie’s work is stunning!

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