By Rachel Fogel – Wedding Assistant – Some Like it Classic Wedding and Event Design
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe; this poem has become a tradition that brides uphold to this day. It can be difficult to infuse this classic ideology into modern weddings, but with the use of antique heirlooms, the solution is simple. Family heirlooms can be interpreted as absolutely anything ranging from a piece of jewelry, to your mothers veil, to intangible items as well, making the gamut of possibilities endless. It is important to inject a piece of your family and history into your special day, but that does not mean that you can’t add a modern twist.
Whether you have your grandmother’s pearls or your mother’s wedding dress, these items can either keep their original form or get molded into a new item. Many women wear jewelry that has been worn in past generations or transform the pieces into modern rings, additions to their veils, part of their bouquet, and even as jewels on their dresses. Another great alternative to wearing the exact dress that your mother wore is to take a piece of it and create the “something old” component to your day. With even just a piece of lace you can make a garter, a handkerchief, and more. Although the heirlooms are amazing ways to incorporate tradition into your wedding, there are some unconventional options as well.
Creativity is essential in keeping with a modern day theme and traditional does not mean boring. An heirloom is not necessarily a physical object. Your parents first dance song, their choice in color combinations, the location of their wedding, or even a specific pose in a picture are all ways to utilize heirlooms in a way that can be contemporary and altered into any style. A unique idea could be to present your spouse with a gift that someone in your family has used on their wedding day.
The poem is significant in that it represents good-luck items through the use of antique heirlooms. Its nature is old and traditional, but has the opportunity to utilize any contemporary idea based on the individual bride. There is no right or wrong item. At Some Like It Classic, we picked out some of our favorite modern heirlooms that perfectly fit the poem!