Most of us have heard the expression, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. It’s an old tradition, but it’s one that is still widely celebrated today. Except for the silver sixpence part. Aside from the sixpence becoming a defunct form of currency in 1980, the British stopped minting them in silver in 1947. Thus, the expression is known as the four somethings, a guide for what every bride should wear as a token of good luck in her marriage. If you’re the superstitious type, you’ll probably be doing the garter belt, the bouquet toss, and forbidding your fiancé to see you in your dress. And if you’re doing it right, you’ll incorporate all of those traditions in a smart and streamlined way. Here’s our guide to wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.
Finding something old is probably the most fun of them all. One of the best choices is antique or heirloom jewelry. If there are any jewelry pieces that have been in the family for a few generations, then it can be a really great way to connect with your mother or your grandmother and learn a little bit about your family history. If the jewelry has fallen a bit into disrepair, you will definitely want to take it into a jewelry store and have it repaired and polished. This is the best way to preserve the longevity of your family heirlooms. If you are inheriting a wedding dress from one of your relatives, then this will definitely cover the ‘something old’ category, or you might just want to go with an old veil and get the dress new.
Finding something new is easy. If you’re like most women, your dress will probably cover the ‘something new’ category. If not, you can always buy a beautiful accessory to put in your hair. Some brides even have living hair accessories that are made from fresh cut flowers. You could also pick out new jewelry, since you’ll definitely want some nice wedding jewelry so that your engagement ring doesn’t feel lonely. Or you might want to wear some new lingerie under your dress…oh la la!
This category is by far the most difficult to figure out. There’s few things you will want to return once you’ve worn them on your wedding day. Plus, even if you agreed to return the item, what kind of friend or family member wouldn’t insist that you keep it? Then again, if you’re inheriting a family heirloom, you can technically consider that a borrowed item, since you will eventually pass it on to your next of kin. If you plan on wearing hair extensions or some other kind of hair piece, you could also consider that borrowed – of course, you will have to return it. The best is if your maid of honor has some kind of good luck charm that you can keep on you during the ceremony.
Finding the blue item is definitely the cherry on top, and it should always be saved for last. Once you have your dress and your jewelry picked out, you may want to look for some kind of blue hair accessory, or maybe you want some blue in your jewelry. If you can find a blue garter belt and you haven’t used the garter for any other category, then you will have a lot of fun finding the perfect one. Or, if you have a penchant for pizzazz you can go with a pair of bold, blue heels. Just make sure everything feels special and personal to you.