You've heard the saying a billion times before, but did you know that including something borrowed on your big day is supposed to bring you a lifetime of marital bliss? Even better if that item is from someone special (like mom or grandma) with a rock solid marriage. The old superstition is founded in the belief that borrowing something from a happily married woman to incorporate into your wedding day will hopefully transfer some of the good luck that she had in her marriage onto yours. These days, however, the tradition has taken on a far more sentimental role in honoring someone that has had a profound presence in your life on your big day.
If you're looking to inject some of the age old tradition into your nuptial festivities, we've consulted with a few top industry experts on the perfect borrowed treasures to ensure marital bliss. Try these bright ideas on for size to create your own happily ever after.
1. Your First Dance Song
Cue the tears of joy! If your parents are still together, select the first dance song that they danced to as your own and surprise them with it, recommends Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. "It will surely bring a tear to their eyes as they recall the wonderful feelings they had when they themselves united as husband and wife." Plus, it'll be special to you and your spouse, too.
2. Wedding Decorations
Save money and set the scene with something sentimental and borrowed that fits in with your theme, of course. For example, DC-based wedding and event planner Stephanie Aspinwall of Pretty Entertaining had one couple that borrowed the groom's dad's baseball card collection to use as décor at their reception. Vintage vases, borrowed books, and art are just a few other chic ideas.
3. Bouquet Bling
Time to hit up grandma's treasure chest of jewelry. Pin a pretty borrowed brooch to the back of your bouquet or delicately wrap a classic string of pearls around the bottom to decorate it, suggests Brittany Lo, founder of Beautini.
4. Hair Accessories
Borrow from your besties. Think veils, headpieces, hair clips, and yes, even tiaras. Aspinwall shares a sweet story about a group of friends who all married within a few years of each other and were bridesmaids in each others' weddings. "The first bride purchased a tiara for her wedding, then each of the other friends borrowed it for their weddings." Kind of like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants except one size really does fit all here.
5. Your Vows
Don't worry; we're not suggesting you full on copy another bride's vows. However, if someone near and dear to your heart penned their own, do consider stealing a line or two that you especially liked (with their blessing, obviously), advises Samuels. "Feel free to borrow lines from your favorite authors, song writers, and poets as well."