Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Written by Decadent Details Events Assistant, Hailey Perry

“Something olde, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  A sixpence in your shoe.”  This is the old English rhyme from the 1300s that brides still hold close to their heart today.  Each of the objects symbolizes a different aspect of the marriage between the happy couple.

Something old represents the continuity and the remembrance of life before your marriage.  Something new offers optimism for the future with your husband.  Something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, that you will not have to face your struggles alone -- you always have your friends and family.  Something blue represents purity, love, and fidelity.  The sixpence in the shoe is often times left out of the modern day bride’s adornment, but it represents good luck and remains largely popular in British culture. 

Here are some of our ideas for both the traditional and more modern brides.

Something Old

You can never go wrong with family jewelry.  The women in your family are sure to have a piece that is gorgeous and memorable for your special day.  If you have picked out your own jewelry, you can always wrap it up in your bouquet.
Family heirlooms can serve as something old, and are a great way to highlight your family’s precious treasures.  It can be anything you cherish, a crystal vase or hand-sewn table cloth are perfect for receptions.


A vintage clutch can be the perfect accessory to any bride on her special day and give a fashionable look to dress up any gown.

Something New

Considering your wedding bands as your something new is a classic way to look to the future with your new spouse.
A new veil is another way to accessorize your look if you choose to wear one.

Something Borrowed
Your mo ther’s wedding accessories can provide you with assurance and a special tie to the love your parents share. 
Something Blue
Blue embroidery on the inside of your gown personalizes your dress.
Best Wishes written in blue on the bottom of your heels is a subtle way to show off your “something blue.”
All of these objects are interchangeable as to what you would like “old”, “new”, “borrowed” or “blue”.  Feel free to pick and choose in order to fulfill your own style. 
So what will you use for your "Something olde, something new, something borrowed, something blue"?