Pondering Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

With a couple weeks to go before our wedding day, I started getting questions about whether I have my somethings old, new, borrowed, and blue lined up.  To be honest, my attention has been diverted to other details and I haven't really thought out how I'd adhere to that tradition. 

Early on, I assumed my something old or something borrowed would be a lace mantilla veil that's been in my family for a few decades.  I've never actually seen this veil and was excited by the idea of wearing it.  I was a little disappointed when my mother told me that it wouldn't go with my dress.  My dress' designer, Jorge Manuel, made a veil to go with my dress, so I have a lovely veil to wear regardless.

Finding something new is pretty easy.  My dress, my shoes, and some other accessories are all new.  These days, I doubt many people have trouble with this part of the tradition!

For my something blue, I have my blue, sparkly reception shoes from BHLDN, but I also bought a dress label that my seamstress is sewing into my gown.  I've had it for about a year and can't wait to see it in my dress.

Now, I have to start thinking about my something old and my something borrowed.  I have some offers from family members and I think I have both items covered.  Last weekend, Marc's mother gave me two items to consider.

First, she gave me a charm that she used to have on a bracelet years ago.  It has Marc's name on it.

She also showed me a pin that's been in her family for many years. It's an art deco piece that can turn into shoe clips if you manipulate the locking mechanism on the back.  She thought I'd want to use it in shoe clip form, but I immediately thought it was the perfect size to be pinned to the handle of my bouquet.

It's a good thing I prefer it as a pin because we couldn't figure out how to work the "lock" on the back of the pin to pull it apart into shoe clips.  Maybe we need to take it to the people at Antiques Roadshow and see if they can figure it out. 

I still don't feel like I have everything settled and I have a feeling something will just have to do a double check before we leave the bridal suite to make sure we cover our bases.  I'm not a superstitious person, so I won't be devastated if I don't fulfill the saying.

How do you feel about the "something borrowed" phrase?  Did you pay close attention to the different items you needed?  Did you double count anything?  What do you think happens when a bride doesn't pay attention to this tradition?


  1. This was the plan and the changes:  My "something old" was meant to be my pearl necklace and earrings (family), but ended up being just my pearl earrings when my husband's wedding day gift to me was a sapphire and diamond drop pendant (new and blue).  My wedding dress was my "something new".  A handmade, ivory, feather flower for my hair was "borrowed" from my hair stylist and friend that she wore in her wedding.  My garter was my original something blue that was a custom lace & teal dupioni silk flower w/a peacock feather (to accompany the theme).  Also, per family practice, there was also a penny taped to the inside of my shoe by my mother (it's still there and I wear them often).  So there's my something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a penny in my shoe.

  2. I didn't really pay attn to the saying at all. My dress was consigned...so it was new to me, but old to someone else. My earrings were my mom's her dad gave her when he was stationed in Guam, so they were old too. And borrowed. My pearl necklace I got when I was 16 so it was old. I didn't have anything blue - I had lime green shoes! haha. And let me just tell you - my day went off without a hitch so don't fret over that at all! Here's my wedding! 


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