Ah, wedding traditions.
The bride inching her way stiffly down the aisle to the Wedding March. The bride and groom smashing cake in one another’s faces. The groomsmen elaborately plastering the getaway car with soda cans or streamers or crude sayings foamed onto the windows.
Okay, so not all of us want to follow all the “wedding traditions” that come to mind. But the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” traditionis as popular as ever when it comes to bridal wear. These days, though, young brides are reworking these traditions in unexpected ways.
Back in the day, brides regularly recycled sisters’ or mothers’ wedding dresses. While some brides still choose to borrow a gown, more often than not, it’s an accessory that fills the “old” requirement of the day.
Antique corset or bustier
Coin from a long-ago year of significance, such as your parents’ wedding date or an ancestor’s birth year.
Dried flowers from mother’s bouquet
Grandparents’ or great-grandparents’ wedding rings on a necklace
Sash made from a relative’s wedding dress
This one’s kind of a given: probably most of the items you wear on your wedding day will be new. But that doesn’t mean you can make the newest item you purchased something funny or funky.
This is the part where I think it starts getting really fun, although it’s not too different from the Something Old. Even if your Something Borrowed is familiar, wearing or carrying something that belongs to someone important in your life will up the nostalgia and emotional level of your wedding. Just last night, I tried on one of my bridesmaid’s cathedral veil (although we decided it’s not the best style for my dress). My friends and I have all decided, however, that we’re all going to borrow the same flower girl.
On a more serious note, consider borrowing something from both your mother and your future mother-in-law, or from each of your bridesmaids.
Hairstyle friend/relative wore at her wedding
Pocket or pinned watch
The bride whose wedding I attended this past weekend, Tiffany, had her seamstress stitch a blue “D” (the first letter of her new last name) inside her wedding dress.
Hair pin (thanks for the idea, Blondini)
Jewelry — aquamarine, sapphire or terquoise
Monogram (inside the dress)
At this point, I have no idea what I’ll be wearing for my Something Old, Something Borrowed, or Something Blue — but I’m excited to find out! And for all the other to-be-weds out there, happy hunting.