The Timeless Traditions: Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2006

Tokens for good luck from a charming old rhyme, these items a woman carries on her wedding day are typically small personal treasures. They are unique to each bride and rarely obvious to anyone but those closest to her. They can be as modest as a scrap of her future mother-in-law's wedding dress, sewn to the inside of her gown with blue thread, or her own mother's wedding ring, borrowed for the day, on her right hand.

Breaking Tradition
The groom can get involved, too, by wearing his father's cuff links or carrying a keepsake blue handkerchief that the bride has embroidered with his initials. For the guests, you might put blue silk butterflies in the floral centerpieces. Or offer them petits fours cloaked in blue fondant and favors wrapped in blue paper and bound with vintage ribbon.

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