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Get Creative With Wedding Customs

Looking for ideas for something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Try these.

Bouquet of blue hyacinthTara Donne

Something Old

  • A locket containing a picture of your great-grandparents
  • A family Rosary for the ceremony
  • Antique combs, pins, or barrettes
  • A baby bracelet from a family member used around the base of your bouquet

Something New

  • A key to your new home, if you're moving in together for the first time, hidden in your bouquet wrap
  • A lucky penny minted in the year of your wedding
  • Everything else!

Something Borrowed

  • A flower from a loved one's garden, "borrowed" for your bouquet
  • Dad's handkerchief, tucked under your bodice
  • A fur stole, for a winter wedding
  • Any jewelry you've been eyeing on a friend or a family member

Something Blue

  • The sash on your dress
  • A bouquet of blue blooms (see Wedding Centerpieces by Color )
  • A blue garter or undergarment
  • Sapphire jewelry
  • A blue pen, for signing the marriage certificate
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Talk to your venue before renting any items. Ask if you’ll be charged additional fees for using outside vendors and if the site can accommodate additional setup and breakdown time for special lighting, ceremony chairs, or hanging lanterns.