Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Something Old...

Most brides have heard the old adage for good luck on their wedding day; "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Each of these components is meant as a good luck token for the bride if carried on her wedding day.

Something old: continuity with the bride's family and past.

Something new: optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead.

Something borrowed: an item from a happily married family member or friend, whose good fortune is supposed to carry over to the bride.

Something blue: Brides in ancient Rome wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. The color is also associated with purity, and before the late 1800s, blue was even a popular color for wedding gowns!

Something old...

Some women are fortunate enough to have a special family heirloom such as a jewelry piece, brooch, or even a vintage wedding gown to use on their big day. Antique and vintage touches can be a great addition to a wedding outfit and the fun part is that you don't have to use the piece as it was orginally meant to be worn! Here are some fun examples of using "something old" in creative ways.

1. If you are a daring bride with eclectic tastes, you might like to have a whole bouquet made from antique brooches, like country singer Miranda Lambert.

2. For a more traditional bouquet, use a brooch as a focal point on the ribbon wrapped around your bouquet.

3. Create a charm using an old photograph of parents or grandparents. This can be placed on a bouquet or on a bracelet or necklace.

4. Sew a button from an old jacket of the bride's father or grandfather on the inside of the dress near the hem. No one will see that it is there, but the bride will know she has that piece of her family with her.

5. Create a ring bearer pillow using a relative's old monogrammed handkerchief.

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