Something old, something new… 31 unique and different ideas for creative-thinking brides

The wedding traditions I like best of all are the simple, fun and creative ones. Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue is a tradition many of us uphold – and it’s lovely because our mums, sisters, grandmas and closest friends all love to get involved (in a good way!)

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I have been playing on the internet and discovered so many creative ideas for those somethings old, new, borrowed and blue. Traditionally the items would have been carried, or on the bride’s person during the wedding, but recently brides have been a little more creative in counting things like vintage cars as their ‘something old’ – and we’re all for that! If you’re struggling with any one of your somethings old, new, borrowed or blue, here are some ideas to help!

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Something old…

1. Think about any family heirlooms – from old champagne glasses to photo frames or candle holders you could use in a display area

2. A vintage clutch to hold your lippy, blister plasters etc. (and all your other ‘somethings’)

3. Vintage hair clips or a brooch on your bouquet

4. An old poetry book with your wedding readings

5. An old family wedding photo

6. A love letter or keepsake from when you’d only just met

7. A song from the 50s, 60s or 70s playing as you walk down the aisle

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Something new…

I think it’s safe to say we all have this one covered. Top of the list of new things are:

8. Your dress

9. Your shoes

10. Jewellery or hair accessories

11. Lingerie

12. How about a tattoo – maybe even a his ‘n’ hers?

13. Perfume – read our guide to wedding day scent (and wear something special on your day – here’s why)

14. Start a brand new journal on the morning of your wedding!

15. Buy a new clutch to carry with you (or for a bridesmaid to look after) – invaluable for your emergency wedding day kit and to give you more choice if you need to carry rather than wear your somethings old, borrowed and blue!

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Something borrowed…

This one’s a lovely way to involve family. While you’re planning your wedding, why not spend a girly day with your mum, grandma or auntie flicking through their wedding albums. Talk about their keepsakes and see if there’s anything you could borrow for your wedding!

16. Borrowed jewellery can be added into your bouquet if it doesn’t go with your dress

17. Borrow from your best friends too! Hair straighteners, lipstick, makeup…

18. If you’re not seeing your guy before the ceremony, borrow a spritz of his aftershave. Spray it on a cushion or a soft toy to cuddle when nerves get the better of you!

19…or sleep in his favourite old t-shirt the night before?

20. Use a borrowed vase to hold your bouquet until the ceremony

21. Are you staying over at the venue the night before? It’s tenuous, but it’s sort of borrowed!

22. Does he have a CD collection? Borrow a favourite to listen to when you’re getting ready

23. Or get your bridesmaid to bring her ipod and stick that on instead!

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Something blue!

If blue is in your colour palette, this is easy. Flowers, silk ribbons, accessories and table styling can incorporate blue as your accent colour. But if your theme and blue don’t go, you’ll need to hide the blue (garter, anyone?) or incorporate it in a more subtle way.

24. Paint a toenail? Lots of brides are doing this!

25. A pack of blue Extra gum or mints

26. A fiver for the bar

27. A twenty pound note (still blueish)

28. Bank with Halifax? Pop your debit card in your bag!

29. A blue nail file

30. A pic with lots of blue for your phone wallpaper for the day!

31. Swear a bit in the morning – turning the air blue is very “Four Weddings”…

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Image credits (full shoot coming soon!)

Amanda Karen Photography | Fleur + Fig | The Dead Dolls House | Chantal Mallett Bridal Couture | Harriet Wilde Shoes | AM Hair and Makeup | Gresham and Blake | London Victorian Ring Company | Joanne Truby Floral Designs | Tilly Thomas Lux | Alexa and Tom at Oxygen Models | Wildflower cakes | Oh Wonder Calligraphy | Classic Crockery | Lancaster and Cornish | Stressfree Hire | Coloured Linen Hire Ltd

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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