Put a Twist on “Old, New, Borrowed, Blue”

As the old Victorian bridal saying goes, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Most of us have heard of the tradition of the bride wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day, but of course today’s bride has put a twist on the old tradition. Taking it one step further, the “old, new, borrowed, blue” symbols can be applied to another wedding element of your choice. Read on to discover the ways that some innovative couples put a twist on it!

Homemade cookies: Do you like to bake? One bride and her mother made homemade cookies the week before the wedding. They include an old recipe (Christmas cookies they make together every year), a new recipe (chocolate cherry cookies), a borrowed recipe (chocolate chip), and a something blue (sugar cookie sprinkled in blue).

Drinks: One sophisticated couple (via The Knot) featured drinks such as Gin & Tonic, Blushing Bride, French Kiss Martini, and Blue Moon beer. Another ideas is to choose four well-known cocktails such as a dirty martini (old), a mango (new), a French martini (borrowed, say, from a friend’s wedding), and an electric lemonade (blue). (image from chakpak.com)

Wedding Cake: Embellish your cake according to the classic formula. For something old, use your parent’s cake topper or a family heirloom like a broach. Something new could be fresh flowers or decorative crystals. Then decorate your cake with blueberries, blue fondant flowers, or blue piping.

(images from flickr consumed by cake and the funky cake co)

Ceremony: Choose “something old” that is meaningful to you, such as a passage from the Bible. For something new, you can select a newly published poem, or something you’ve written yourself.  “Borrow” a passage, song, or prayer from the wedding ceremony of a couple that you admire. “Something blue” calls for a creative touch, like playing “Love is Blue” or “Blue without You.”

(image from millitaylor.com)

Favors: Give your guests “something old, something new” with these adorable favors from American Bridal. Your guests will be charmed by these cented soaps, tied with a blue satin ribbon, and tied with a charm that reads “Something…”

Have you heard any interesting twists on “something old, something new?” We’d love to hear about it!

feature image from the knot


  1. Use not only the ONBB for yourself but give your groom something old, new, borrowed and blue the night before the wedding. Some suggestions are:

    Old: ask his father for his ring, maybe one that’s been in the family a long time
    New: a watch or cross necklace or chain
    Borrowed: your father’s cufflinks
    Blue: a blue pocket square, or blue underwear