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Something old, something new....?

How many people actually do the whole something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue thing? And what's the purpose of it??
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Re: Something old, something new....?

  • AddieCakeAddieCake Beyond the Wall member
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    edited July 2014
    Its just a superstitious good luck thing. I did it.

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              New dress, jewelry, headband, shoes
                Borrowed earrings
                    Blue toenails
      
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  • How many people actually do the whole something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue thing? And what's the purpose of it??
    I wasn't planning on doing it until my sisters freaked out and started throwing stuff at me to make sure I met the requirements. So I ended up with a new dress, old earrings, a borrowed clutch, and blue toenails. 

    It's just a fun old tradition (I think English folklore). It's supposed to bring a bride luck on her wedding day. 

    If you want to do it, go for it. If you don't care, don't worry about it. 
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  • l9il9i Ohio member
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    I'm stuck trying to figure out what to do for the somethng old.  New dress, bue garter, borrowed earrings, then.......
  • I did it. My something new was the pearl earrings FMIL bought me, something old was my christening dress that my mom had made into a clutch for me and our wedding date embroidered in, something borrowed was my sister veil and I wore blue underwear lol
  • JCbride2015JCbride2015 Dirty Jerz member
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    It's just an old tradition, nothing to do with etiquette.  I'm not sure yet if I will do it.  I have blue "I Do" stickers for the bottoms of my shoes, a new dress, and I have no idea whether I'll have something borrowed or something old.  I plan to wear a strapless bra I already own-- does that count as old? ;)
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  • lyndausvilyndausvi Western Slope, Colorado mod
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    edited July 2014
    I did out of tradition.
     New - dress 
    Old - grandmother's wedding band 
     Borrowed -bracelet from our jeweler (well, then after the wedding DH told me he bought it from the jeweler).  
     Blue - underwear



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  • slothiegalslothiegal The Sloth Farm member
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    Eh, I'm doing it, but I didn't have to go out of my way for anything. New dress (something I was obviously already getting), old pearls (I've had since I was born--my godmother added a pearl for each birthday/major life event), borrowed handkerchief (Momma Slothie letting me borrow the one her MIL/my Noni gave her to walk down the aisle with), blue underwear.
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  • melbensomelbenso Hoth, apparently member
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    I did. 
    Old: Necklace given to paternal grandmother by my grandfather and maternal grandmother's engagement ring. (I would have worn both of these anyway, so I had something of each grandmother with me, since they both passed away before I even met DH)
    New: New diamond earrings (also would have worn anyway)
    Borrowed: diamond tennis bracelet from my mom (would have worn something on that wrist, because its usually where I wear my watch and having it empty feels weird, and it probably would have been that bracelet, since it had white and yellow gold and thus tied together the white gold and yellow gold I was wearing from both grandmothers' jewelry)
    Blue: Light blue satin kitten heel pumps.  Because, why not?  Plus they were comfortable, super cute and I like a pop of color in my outfits.

    I'm not a superstitious person, by any means, but once I realized I was wearing most of it already, I figured, what the heck.
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  • MrsMack10612MrsMack10612 The Witch City member
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    I did it.

    Old - dress/headpiece

    New - shoes

    Borrowed - my mom loaned me a pearl necklace/bracelet

    Blue - handkerchief that was my great grandmothers.

    Six pence in my shoe, given to me by a friend at my shower

     

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  • I did it just out of tradition. I had fun with it.

    Old- Lace from my mom's wedding gown wrapped around my bouquet
    New- DH gave me new pearl earrings on the day-of
    Borrowed- mom's pearl necklace
    Blue- shoes!
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  • I'm doing it to make my mom happy, but that's it. 

    Old - A little hairpiece/comb given to me by my mother given by her mother.
    New - A necklace that Fi's elder sister gave to me. It was my introduction to his family.
    I don't have my something borrowed or blue yet, and I'm not sure if I'll do the six pence thing.

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  • KeptInStitchesKeptInStitches the Northern Plains member
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    edited July 2014
    I'm doing it because it's fun.

    Old: Not really sure. Perhaps something of my grandma's? Great-great-grandmother's ring? That has blue enamel in it, too ...
    New: Dress
    Borrowed: Probably a ring from FGMIL
    Blue: Underwear, maybe the ribbon in my garter, the old ring? 

    ETA: And my sixpence comes from my grandpa's coin collection, which he got from his aunt.
  • mysticlmysticl member
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    edited July 2014
    Old: Nothing. I was going to wear a family heirloom ring but it wouldn't fit on my right hand. Each finger was either too big or too small. New: The dress Borrowed: A bracelet that a friend brought to the wedding and handed to me when I was getting ready (it may have counted as old too, I'm not sure) Blue: My dress had blue on it, my toenails were blue, and the bracelet had a blue stone. And I swear I typed paragraphs.
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  • ElcaBElcaB member
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    I plan on doing it, just because I think it's a fun tradition. 

    Old: A brooch of my grandma's that's about 75 years old, pinned to my bouquet
    New: Dress
    Borrowed: TBD
    Blue: TBD
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  • WinstonsGirlWinstonsGirl The Cold North member
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    I did it too, for fun.  

    New - dress, shoes
    Old - A necklace DH gave me on our first month of dating/V Day.  It technically wasn't old in terms of age, but it wasn't new and I'd worn it before, so I figured it worked.  
    Blue - There's a small sapphire on the side of my E-Ring
    Borrowed - This was the hardest for me.  I really wanted some earrings from my Mom or similar, but nothing worked.  We actually found a pair of new earrings that were perfect and she bought them.  She worn them a few times out with my Dad and lent them to me for the wedding.  She still has them, though I'm sure she'll give them to me one day in the future. 



  • I'll probably do it for tradition's sake.  Most of what I'm already planning on wearing fits in anyway.

    Old - engagement ring (originally belonged to FH's great grandmother)
    New - dress, undies, shoes
    Borrowed - necklace & earrings
    Blue - uhhh... I guess I'll paint my toenails?  Haha.
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  • climbingsingleclimbingsingle NYC 'burbs member
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    I'm not doing it. I did it for my first wedding and it obviously didn't bring me any good luck ;-)
  • AprilH81AprilH81 Columbus, OH member
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    I did it!

    Old: 110ish year old handkerchief that was hand embroidered by the MIL of a woman who was like my grandmother.  She then gifted the handkerchief to me...

    New: Pearl hair comb

    Borrowed: Diamond necklace from my Mom

    Blue: Sapphire and diamond earrings from MIL
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  • ShallowSeasShallowSeas Indianapolis, IN member
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    I'm doing it even though I'm not superstitious.

    Old - The diamond in my ring. It was FI's great-grandmother's

    New - my dress and accessories

    Borrowed - Swazzle's veil she loaned me

    Blue - the sapphires in my engagement ring and my garter
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  • Bubblegum5586Bubblegum5586 member
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    edited July 2014
    I did it as well, as it sort of worked out with what I was wearing:


    Old: My Great Grandmothers (also blue) garter that was over 100 years old!
    New: Dress/veil
    Borrowed: My mother's pearls
    Blue: My shoes
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  • I'm doing it because my mom thinks it's fun.

    Old: Great-grandmother's engagement ring and maybe my grandma's necklace
    New: Dress, shoes, comb
    Borrowed: Earrings
    Blue: I'm painting my toenails
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  • ahyatt87ahyatt87 member
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    edited July 2014
    I wasn't really interested in doing the something old, new, borrowed and blue thing, but my mom freaked out when I told her I wasn't. To make mom happy I told her my dress and shoes were new and that my jewellery was old. She wanted me wear one of her rings, so I chose her blue shapphire which made her happy as it covered borrowed and blue. ETA stupid paragraphs, or lack thereof
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  • I did it just because it's traditions.
    Old: my great grandmothers ruby ring
    New: my dress
    Borrowed: my mothers veil
    Blue: the blue sapphire in my grandmothers bracelet.  

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  • Old - I'm attaching one of my grandmother's brooches to my bouquet
    New - Dress/shoes
    Borrowed - Earrings I think, still deciding on which ones
    Blue - The bridal salon sewed my initials/wedding date into the dress in blue. I wanted blue shoes, but that didn't happen.
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  • theartistformerlyknownastheartistformerlyknownas peaced out. member
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    I'm doing it. I love the sentiment behind the tradition... something old represents your family, your past, and tradition. Something new is a symbol of the new life ahead of you. Something borrowed is typically from another bride to represent borrowing her happiness, and something blue stands for purity and love. The last part a lot of people leave off is "a silver sixpence in your shoe" which is a symbol of future prosperity and wealth. 

    I haven't figured old and new out yet, but I have a sixpence bought off eBay, borrowed hairpiece from my BFF's wedding, and my earrings are FI's birthstone which happens to be blue. I might wear an old bracelet of my grandma's if I can find one suitable (dirtbag uncle pawned most of her jewelry), but I also kind of want my new initials on a monogram bracelet. We shall see. I feel like my dress doesn't count as "new" because I bought it months ago and will have worn it several times in alterations before the wedding day. I'm a stickler. :-p

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  • I did it for fun, but like others, everything I wore I would've worn regardless of the tradition.

    Old: Great-Grandmother's pearl necklace, that my mom also wore to her wedding.
    New: Dress
    Borrowed:  Mom's pearl earrings
    Blue:  I attached blue mushroom birds to my shoes.

    A sixpence probably would've slipped out of my sandals, so I didn't bother.
  • tegannietegannie member
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    edited July 2014

    I'm doing it for fun as well, I like little traditions like that:

    Old: My mom gave me a pearl and lace doll-sized bouquet that I'm tying to one of my sleeves.  It belonged to my aunt (who passed away a few years ago) who gave it to her sister (my mom) as her "something old".

    New: Lot's of things: dress and corset, shoes, necklace, veil and circlet, etc

    Borrowed: Pearl earrings from my mom and possibly a pearl necklace, depending on whether that one or the new one looks better.

    Blue: A friend of mine is making me a circlet and is adding blue and purple stones.

    lolo883 said:


    I haven't figured old and new out yet, but I have a sixpence bought off eBay, borrowed hairpiece from my BFF's wedding, and my earrings are FI's birthstone which happens to be blue. I might wear an old bracelet of my grandma's if I can find one suitable (dirtbag uncle pawned most of her jewelry), but I also kind of want my new initials on a monogram bracelet. We shall see. I feel like my dress doesn't count as "new" because I bought it months ago and will have worn it several times in alterations before the wedding day. I'm a stickler. :-p
    I'm tempted to do this myself :D
  • NymeruNymeru member
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    Although I hadn't planned it that way, I did end up doing it.  It was a nice little tradition to follow.

    New: wedding dress, underthings, horseshoe charm for the bouquet

    Old: my pearl necklace and earrings that I got as a gift after graduating college

    Borrowed: my mom's pearl necklace (so I could have a double-strand that fit my neckline) that I bought her when I was 15 with my first tips/pay checks from my first job

    Blue: a blue handkerchief  my mom gave me in order to help me not make a mess of my make-up during the ceremony (and boy did I need it).  My MoH gave me a plaid (Blackwatch) garter to wear, but it was so dark blue that it could be seen as a weird shadow through my dress, so I decided to forgo it.  (I hadn't really wanted to do the whole garter thing anyway)
  • We realized we were close so we found a "something old" and went with it. 

    Blue: the dress
    New: dress, shoes, necklace etc
    Borrowed: husband's tie. I figure it still counts. We're a team. 
    Old: Great grandmother's handkerchief with blue embroidery from the linen closet. It went really well in my embroidered colonial pocket
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