Tuesday,21 November, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1210, (21 - 27 August 2014)
Tuesday,21 November, 2017
Issue 1210, (21 - 27 August 2014)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous - Old, new, borrowed and blue

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers.

The words “something new,” “something old,” “something borrowed” and “something blue” are not just clichés when it comes to bridal traditions. A bride will want one of each on her wedding day, for good luck and in the hope that her marriage will be a long and happy one.

They also have their origins in the British Victorian era. Something old symbolises continuity within the bride’s family and the past; something new represents her excitement about her new future; something borrowed is usually an item lent by a married family member or friend whose good fortune in marriage can be passed on to the bride; and something blue symbolises the bride’s love, modesty, fidelity and purity towards her groom. It is still a tradition that a bride should wear or carry all of these four elements as a part of her wedding attire.

Here are a few ideas for a bride to personalise these sayings for her wedding day:

Something old:
- An old piece of jewellery that the bride’s family has kept for a number of years and has sentimental value to them, or a piece of newly purchased vintage jewellery
- A small piece of your mum’s wedding dress sewn into the inside of your dress
- Passing down the wedding ring or the bridal veil from one generation to the next is a family tradition that can be continued for many years
- A tiara from a friend or relative
- Holding the wedding at an historical venue

Something new:
- Wedding dress
- Wedding shoes
- Veil
- A new bracelet, broach, earrings, necklace or tiara
- A new lipstick in your favourite wedding-day shade

Something borrowed:
- The wedding dance that was played at your parents’ nuptials, played as you walk down the aisle or when you have your first dance as a newly married woman
- A piece of jewellery belonging to your mother or grandmother
- A handkerchief from your parents or grandparents
- The son or daughter of one of your friends to act as a page boy or flower girl
- Wear a garter lent by a friend or family member

Something blue:
- Sapphire jewellery
- A hairpin
- Blue underwear
- Blue nail polish
- A blue bracelet

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