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Wedding Traditions: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

July 20, 2015 by The Marquardt Ranch

If wedding trends come from Pinterest and wedding preferences come from brides-to-be, where did all these wedding traditions come from? They’re the ones we’ve seen in movies or in mom’s wedding album. Of course they look romantic and photo op ready, but what’s their back story?  How can you incorporate them intentionally and creatively into your wedding day?  Join us as search out the stories from beneath these fabled traditions right here on the Marquardt Blog!

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” By now in the wedding planning process, you’ve probably had at least one person question you about these items.  What will you have for your something old?  When you look back at them with a questioned glance, they rattle off this old adage and you’re still left confused.  How did this jingle come to be? It’s an Old English (you know, Canterbury Tales style) rhyme that helped brides remember all the good luck charms needed for her wedding day.  The original quip added “And a sixpence (coin) in her shoe” as an extra step of fortune and luck.

What do each of these add to your wedding day?  What are some unique ways you can incorporate each into your wedding day look?

Something Old: continuity 

  • Your grandma’s wedding band
  • Your great uncle’s handkerchief
  • Your mother-in-law’s locket

Something New: excitement for the future

  • Your wedding dress
  • Your sparkly statement earrings
  • Your veil

Something Borrowed: happiness of all those around you

  • Your mom’s diamond necklace
  • Your aunt’s brooch
  • Your sister’s clutch

Something Blue: purity and faithfulness 

  • Your garter
  • Your flowers
  • Your shoes

Choose your items with care, but don’t spend too much time stressing over this good luck charm.  All the luck, joy and prayers will be in the people surrounding you on your wedding day.  It will be in the celebration and the love written across your groom’s face as you walk down the aisle.  Don’t get caught up in the little things.  Just remember to breathe and smile, knowing that nothing could stop your day from being anything but perfect.

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