Photo: Christian Oth Studio
We all know the English rhyme, "Something olde, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpense in your shoe..." which suggests that when brides poses these five things, they will have good luck in their marriage and on their big day. While it may seem like just another thing you have to do before you walk down the aisle, if you think of it as a multi-tasking opportunity, it's easily achieved! Besides, its fun to participate in old traditions, and what bride doesn't want to kill two birds with one stone (and save some money while being sentimental, too)?
All former brides know that they probably will never be able to "lend" their dresses to a friend or relative, but veils are a different story. Borrowing a veil (that complements your ensemble, of course) is the best way to cross off that "something borrowed" criteria and put the finishing touches on your big day look, too. Nothing makes you feel more like a bride than a veil, and a veil with meaning behind it? Perfect. (If you opt for a new veil instead, think about paying it forward for a sister, friend or family member. Just be sure that if you preserve your dress, you keep the veil out of the process.)
A new ring on your finger is a given for your wedding day, but the rest of your jewelry doesn't have to be new. If you think about it, every experienced Mrs. has jewelry they've worn on their big day. Save some money and add extra special meaning to your bling choices by borrowing earrings, a bracelet, or a necklace from a special woman in your life. Chances are they will be honored you asked (many may also offer!) and it's a great way to combine tradition with necessity.
Wearing an embellished comb, halo, headband, or pin in your hair is a popular bridal trend for a reason: The right piece can really complete your big day do, and they're the types of items that you don't really wear more than once (meaning many been-there-done-that brides might have their accessories laying around collecting dust). Why not borrow a special piece from a friend or relative instead of hitting the stores and scouring endless sparkly options in expensive bridal boutiques? A word to the wise: Be sure to borrow it ahead of your hair trials.
See More "Something Blue" Wedding Bouquets
Some wedding day tears are nearly guaranteed. Wipe them away in style and sentiment with a borrowed handkerchief from a loved one. Nothing is classier than a quality, antique handkerchief to have handy for all of those happy wedding tears. This is also one of the easiest and most subtle ways to incorporate a "something borrowed" — especially for brides who want a look that is new and uniquely hew own. Tuck it in a bouquet or hide it away in the décolletage for when the moment strikes (and remember — no ugly crying!).