One of the many traditions alive and well today in American and British weddings is the tradition of a bride wearing "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue." This is a tradition that dates back to the Victorian era and represents a bride's connection to her past (something old), her future (something new), her friends (something borrowed) and her purity (something blue).
Many families have traditional items that each bride has worn on her wedding day for generations. Others simply wear an item representative of a loved family member, such as a grandmother. An antique necklace or broach might be a great way for a bride to represent her family's past through her "something old" item. Additionally, many brides carry an embroidered handkerchief in her bouquet as a token from an older family member. If a bride wears her mother's dress, it could be considered her "something old" item as well.
Many brides simply consider their dress as their "something new" item, if it was bought new. Any item worn by the bride on her wedding day that was purchased specifically for the occasion could be considered her "something new" item.
The "something borrowed" part of the adage can be anything from a slip borrowed from a friend to a piece of jewellery. Some brides wear their friend's dress, which is considered to be a "something borrowed" as well.
Many brides incorporate the "something blue" item into their undergarments to hide the colour. Light blue panties adorned with "bride" on the front can be purchased from many bridal websites. Other brides purchase a garter belt with blue ribbon on it to signify the "something blue." Lastly, a bride with blue eyes could simply say that her baby blues were her something blue.