Today, I want to look a little closer at the first phrase, "Something old...". In the tradition, a bride would carry, or wear, a keepsake to help the bride keep a part of her family's past with her into her new life. I wanted to understand why this tradition was so important, so I researched what was going on in the world during the Victorian era.
At this point in history, the British Empire was at the height of it's power; the United States was turning 100 years old. Populations were growing, and spreading out into remote areas. Postal service was just moving from stagecoach to train travel, but was still slow. So if a woman was marrying a man working for the East India Company, or an officer in Her Majesty's army, or a man looking to find a homestead in the Dakota Territory, having something to remind you of your family would be very important. It would have to be something small, since every space in a couple's luggage had to be used for practical items. It would also need to have a high sentimental value to justify taking it on the journey.
Brides today don't need to have an item to remind them of family. We have pictures, and telephones, and the Internet to instantly be in contact with our families, don't we? Something old doesn't have the same importance anymore. I've heard brides say "Oh well, my underwear is old, that will have to do." Kind of defeats the purpose of the tradition, right?
Here are my top three favorite ways to incorporate 'Something old' into your wedding attire.
1) Jewelry - this is probably the easiest way to include something old. Wearing a piece of jewelry, whether it's earrings, a necklace, a brooch, that has been handed down in your family. Even if it's only come down from one or two generations, it will still have a story attached.
This is what I used for my something old when I married for the second time. My mother had a cute little brooch that I absolutely loved when I was a kid. It was in the shape of a heart, with an arrow through it, and on the arrow were three small stones. The brooch was given to my mother for her sixteenth birthday, and I asked if I could use it for my wedding and then pass it on to my daughter when she got married (she was seven at the time). Mom said I could use the brooch, so I pinned it into my wedding bouquet. When my daughter got married in 2013, I made her garter and sewed the brooch into the garter.