The tradition goes, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue..." However, some brides add quite an unusual spin to the 'something old' they carry down the aisle on their wedding days! Here, real brides share how they made the tradition their own.
"My husband and I met in a Kung Fu class. So when we eloped to Hawaii, instead of flowers, I carried an ancient metal Kung Fu weapon down the aisle." —Ronda
"Growing up I was very attached to my white 'blanky' named Huggie. I would put 'her' over my head (there was a giant hole in the center) when I was little and pretend it was a dress, veil, etc. Everyone said I would walk down the aisle with my blanket. Huggie came with me to college and my first big girl apartment. Over the years, when a small piece ripped off, I'd stash it away to preserve in a big Ziploc. For my wedding day, I snipped a piece off to weave into the ribbon around my bouquet. Sure enough I had my hand around blanky as I walked down the aisle!" —Allie
"I carried a photo of my beloved dog Toto, who had lived to age 15. Naturally Toto's son, Biff, walked with me down the aisle." —Samantha
"My husband is a math nerd, so his first love note to me years back was a math equation: 'Polly > all women x infinity symbol.' I tucked that love note into my bridal bouquet." —Polly
"This might sound a little wacky but sex is a really big part of our relationship so walking down the aisle I carried a first edition of the Kama Sutra." —Bev
"We had a three-year-old when we got married. So my son was the 'something old' I carried walking down the aisle." —Jill
"I'm a wedding florist. When I married I made a bouquet with grandma's entire stand of pearls tucked underneath." —Lynn
"Walking down the aisle I wore an antique pin given to me by a dear friend in the shape of an old propeller airplane. It seemed appropriate since my husband I are founding a non-profit in the area of aviation safety research." *—Kat *
"Instead of carrying a bouquet of flowers I carried a brooch bouquet made of charms and lockets my parents and grandmother had given me over the years as birthday gifs. It was gorgeous and emblematic of my history as a single woman." —Tabitha
Sherry Amatenstein is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author.