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9 Something Old Ideas to Include in Your Wedding Day Celebrations

Including 'something old, something new' in your wedding is a sweet nod to the past, and a positive look to the future. But do you know the meaning behind the superstition?

'Something old, something new' is one of the best-known British and American wedding traditions. And as we'll explain, it's also one of the easiest to include in your celebrations.

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The tradition of including 'something old' within bridal attire is believed to have derived from a 19th-century English rhyme: 'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.' The idea being that, to bring good luck for the future, a bride should wear something that references each of those points. However, in modern times, we've seen an increasing number of brides incorporate the tradition into other parts of their wedding, such as décor.

Of course, as with all wedding traditions, 'something old, something new' isn't compulsory. However, if you do want to give a nod to this particular tradition, we've found some stress-free ideas to help you, from subtle bridal accessories and outfit tweaks to cool décor details.

Something Old Ideas You Could Introduce to Your Wedding Day

A bride's 'something old' tends to have a special meaning - perhaps an heirloom from a family member maybe, but don't discount vintage finds, too.

1. Repurpose a Family Wedding Dress

You could wear your mother's, or even grandmother's, wedding dress if they still have it in their possession. However, if you'd rather choose your own, it's worth asking whether they'd mind you repurposing their dress material.

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2. Choose Some Antique/Vintage Jewellery

Vintage jewellery is a lovely way to add a 'something old' to your big day look, and you'll end up with a special keepsake piece from your wedding outfit.

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3. Borrow a Family Heirloom

If you'd rather wear a more personal jewellery piece, consider asking a relative if they would lend you a special piece for the day. Which would be ideal as it can be your 'something borrowed' too!

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4. Shop for Vintage Fabric

If you're into crafts, this will be perfect for you. So long as you're not wedded to the idea of your 'something old' being wearable, buy some rolls of vintage fabric and use it as part of your wedding décor - think napkins, hankies, and table decoration.

You could of course also include your chosen fabric in your look as perhaps a garter, or piece sewn into the inside of your gown. A little something just for you.

5. Go Vintage with Your Wedding Car

Vintage isn't just for wedding fashion and décor. Why not go for a cool, classic car as your wedding transport, and do 'something old' in style!

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6. Use a Family Veil

See if an older member of you or your partner's family will let you use their wedding veil for your big day, you'll save money on your fashion budget and cover your something borrowed and old in one go!

7. Create a Vintage Bridal Look

For a looser interpretation of 'something old', consider a vintage-inspired hairstyle. Do some research into the era you want to emulate, 1940s Victory Rolls, for example, or a chic '60s beehive.

Alternatively, you could go for a vintage style wedding dress if you want more than just a nod to retro styling.

8. Wear a Hair Accessory with History

There are so many beautiful vintage hair accessories on Etsy, from sparkling tiaras to charming clips. Or better still, raid your Mum's special keepsake draws - with permission, of course!

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Want to add more vintage elements to your wedding? Check out our post on how to throw a boho style wedding here.


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