By Luno & Stella Event Planner, Becka Headley

The idea of a Bride having something old, new, borrowed and blue on her wedding day goes back to Victorian times, with each item having its own sentimental meaning. 

  • The ‘old’ item represents the brides continuing love for her family. 
  • The ‘new’ item represents future happiness for the couple. 
  • The ‘borrowed’ item would traditionally come from a happily married woman, representing future marital happiness, and that friends and family will be there to support the couple where needed. 
  • The ‘blue’ item represents the true blue value of fidelity of love. 

This tradition is still followed nowadays, with many brides being more and more creative with the items they use. Below are some modern ideas for this sentiment.  


  • An antique getaway car
  • A family heirloom
  • A vintage photo booth
  • An antique locket on your bouquet 
  • Ceremony readings or poems
  • A vintage dog collar
  • Fabric from a relatives clothing or wedding dress
  • Photographs displayed of family members weddings
  • A piece of décor 
  • An old venue 
  • A relative’s tie – worn by the groom, or wrapped around the bride’s bouquet 


  • Your wedding dress 
  • Matching couple tattoos
  • Perfume or lipstick
  • Jewellery 
  • Lingerie
  • Your surname! 
  • A gift from the groom
  • A new tradition 
  • Décor to be used in your home (eg. Frame or vase) 


  • Fabric from a relatives clothing or wedding dress
  • Wedding venue, for example at a family farm
  • Perfume 
  • The wedding veil 
  • First dance song 
  • Jewellery 
  • Handbag or clutch
  • Cake topper or knife from your parents’ wedding
  • Décor 


  • Sentimental handkerchief
  • Special embroidery within your dress
  • Fabric lining within your dress
  • Sapphire jewellery
  • Shoes
  • Garter
  • Bouquet flower or ribbon 
  • Cocktail or beverage
  • Napkin, cups or serving trays 
  • A special friend or family member dresses in blue

Photo credit - Lillians Lens Photography; Freckle Photography

Video credit - Capture Weddings

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