Our very favourite part of the tradition, “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,” is but of course, something old.
Back in the day, the tradition stemmed from an old english rhyme, where family members and the bride’s attendants gave old, new, borrowed, and blue items and a sixpence to the bride as tokens of love on her wedding day for good luck just before her marriage. Today, brides still work this tradition into their big day.
Something old is meant to represent the link with the bride’s family and the past, particulary her mother or grandmother, or even more distant relatives. We love when bride’s incorporate old music, old fabrics, old dresses, old jewellery and especially old traditions!
Scour your local antique markets, etsy, or pay grandma a visit and see if she’s got some old jewellery for you to wear on your wedding day, you may find a real gem, a string of pearls or an old family locket! If you’re lucky she might even still have her wedding dress… and let you turn it into your own! Some of those vintage laces and fabrics can be reworked, or simply re-worn! You might even find a handkerchief or scarf that would work well!
Antique markets can be great for finding vintage wedding props like silverwear, suitcases, fabrics and more. Here are a few upcoming fairs to check out around town:
Vancouver Flea Market (January 19/March 9/May 11/July 13/ September 14/November 2)
21st Century Flea Market (January 20/March 17/May 26/July 21/September 22/November 17)
Retro Design + Antique Fair (Feburary 17/June 23/ October 20/ December 1)
Kerrisdale Antiques Fair (April 13/April 14)
Main Street’s Antique Corridor (Open Daily)