It's no secret that tradition calls for a bride to wear something old, new, borrowed and blue on her big day to symbolize the union of her past and future. A loved one's heirloom is the ideal trinket to tick "something old" off the list, but what happens when the bauble is simply too precious to make an appearance at the wedding? Our etiquette experts weigh in on suitable substitutes for vintage valuables on your wedding day.
Your wedding is arguably the ideal time to sport precious gems made more meaningful by family history, but the chaos of the day may increase the odds of you losing an item during the processional or it disappearing on the dance floor. If the thought of wearing something so cherished gives you pause, there is no reason to heighten your bridal anxiety by doing so. A bride's "something old" doesn't have to be a prized heirloom. A family member's veil or a vintage birdcage will suffice if you're hoping to infuse your ensemble with accessories.
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If you're enthralled by the notion of "something old" jewelry, try sorting through your grandmother's collection for less valuable pieces. Carefully crafted vintage jewelry with faux stones will appear just as lustrous and luxurious as pieces created with real gemstones, yet will pose a significantly lower liability risk if lost on the wedding day. You may also consider carrying a family member's vintage handkerchief, a loved one's bible, or a small swatch of fabric from your mother's wedding gown to achieve the same look without risking the loss of an irreplaceable heirloom.