When I first starting photographing weddings, I had no idea this tradition even existed. At the time, I rarely even attended weddings so my knowledge of their traditions was something new and something I had to learn about-- fast!
The tradition comes from an Old English rhyme that a lot of modern couples are not too fond of keeping (or so I've noticed); however, the tradition still holds value to many. So I thought to break down what these traditions are, why people still love them, and a few ideas on how to achieve them.
This Old English tradition anticipates the new wedded couple to incorporate something old. Think your grandmother's veil, a brooch your mother wore on her wedding shawl, your grandfather's pocket square, etc.
This was said to be something to honor the past and according to The Knot magazine, it means continuity.
This one is a no-brainer. Most couples don't have a problem finding their 'something new', after all, you probably have a new something you're wearing or incorporating into your wedding as is!
this one is typically confused with 'Something Old'; however, it is similar, it's not quite the same. The tradition of receiving something borrowed a particular item you can incorporate from a happy married couple and is seen as good luck and longevity into a happy marriage. This item can be a beautifully custom hanger that your best friend used during her wedding, a pair of cufflinks from your uncles' wedding, etc. This item is usually given to you prior to the wedding.
I find most couples that incorporate these traditions to have the hardest time with 'something blue'.
But it doesn't have to be that hard. Even if your bridesmaid's flowers have blue ribbons, your shoes can have blue on them, or even your brie can even have her pedicure in blue. Whichever way you have it, you can incorporate this simple touch of blue to be considered your 'something blue.
This tradition means sincerity, purity and love into the newly wedded couple.
Here are some ideas how you can incorporate this tradition into your wedding:
However, if you don't want to use this tradition, toss it and make your own tradition!