A Guide To Find Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
By Dana Saccoccio
The little details always mean something much more. You know the Old English rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue! It’s a custom passed down from bride to bride that’s ensured to bring tradition, hopefulness, happiness and most importantly love to your wedding day. But, where is the best place to incorporate each into your dream dress? You never want your accessories to take away from the fairy tale features of your captivating white gown. Don’t stress the fixtures; we’ve got you covered. Here are some tips for the four essentials of your wedding day details!
Adding something old into your wedding line up means adding progression. If its mom and dad or a grandparent—bring them with to the altar, figuratively (even if you’re grandpa walks you down the aisle he may not appreciate being called your something old!). You can incorporate their influence and stories into your bouquet with a Polaroid. Ask your grandmother if you can lightly stitch her silk handkerchief to the bottom or inside of your dress, or see if there is anything great-aunt Kathy wore on her special day that she wouldn’t mind passing down. A hairpiece, a locket, or brooch will do! Make sure it’s full of meaning for optimal luck.
Place hope into the big day and let it shine with something new. Don’t sweat this one— between engagement parties and your bridal shower, we promise someone is going to buy you something for the occasion. Or, you can always treat yourself to a new piece of jewelry! A bracelet, necklace, something simple but elegant — just make sure it has sparkle to dress up you dress! A little necklace-shopping tip: if your dress has a high neckline or if it plunges, go with something that will sit around your collarbone. This also works well with illusion necklines; just make sure nothing will catch on the delicate fabric. If you have a sweetheart, scoop or keyhole neckline, go with something more along the lines of a choker. Placement is important in accentuating long lines, you want you look to flow together—necklaces can break or make your aesthetic.
Borrowing implies happiness from loved ones. We’re sure your sister wouldn’t mind lending you her favorite necklace, especially on such an important day. Here’s your chance to ask your best friend if you can wear her pears for the day, or even her earrings you two bought that on Spring Break. The item borrowed should bring memories of great times you’ve shared; you want those to continue though your married years. If you’re borrowing a bracelet, think twice before using that charm filled band and keep fabrics in mind. Make sure all of the prongs are intact, particularly if your dress is made of tulle or lace. Those are beautiful fabrics, but they are prone to being pulled. No one wants a ripped dress from a pesky old prong sticking out!
Blue is a color that represents purity and innocence. Inscribe “I Do” in blue on the soles of your heels or add a turquoise pendent around your neck. Or, if you’re a bit more daring and your dress is made of thicker fabrics, track down a garter with blue accents or even some navy lingerie (just be wary of up lighting at the reception!) This pop of color is allowed to be ever so slight, or make it pop however you like!
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