30 Something Old, Something New Bridal Shower Ideas

30 Something Old, Something New Bridal Shower Ideas

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

This term is probably known to you, but its roots may be less so. The practice is based on an Old English poem, and each thing is believed to be a good luck charm for the bride. The final item described in the original text is “a sixpence in your shoe” and indicates a hope for success and good fortune. This is usually avoided in the United States, although it is still practiced in the United Kingdom.

These things are typically given to the bride by her mother, sister, or a member of the bridal party on or before her wedding day. Anyone can give a bride a good luck charm, or she can get one for herself. The bride is expected to incorporate these gifts of affection into her wedding day by wearing or carrying them.

If you’re a bride or have a close friend who is ready to walk down the aisle, this guide will help you understand the meaning of each token as well as some ideas for how to incorporate them into the big day.

30 Something Old, Something New Bridal Shower Ideas

Something Old

This charm is representative of continuity with the bride’s ancestors, her heritage, and the past.

  • Locket: A locket on your bouquet with photos of loved ones who have passed or who can’t attend the wedding. If you already have enough elements on your bouquet, this locket key chain is another way to carry a reminder of the past on your special day.
  • Upcycled Jewelry: An upcycled pearl necklace can be worn around your neck, bouquet or added to your gown.
  • Vintage Charm: A vintage accessory like a sophisticated clutch will make a stylish statement and bring the bride good luck.
30 Something Old, Something New Bridal Shower Ideas
  • Religious item: If you have a Bible or treasured book that has been passed down, you can have someone read from it during your ceremony. Alternately, you can tie your wedding rings to the book with ribbon and have your ring bearer carry it down the aisle in lieu of a pillow.
  • Family heirloom: The most sentimental idea for “something old” is a family heirloom such as your grandmother’s earrings or your mother’s ring.
30 Something Old, Something New Bridal Shower Ideas

Something New

This charm speaks to optimism for the future and hope for the bride’s new life as she is embarking on a new life as a wife. It’s also symbolism for new beginnings as a new couple..

  • Makeup: If you’ve been wanting to try a new lipstick or blush, buy new colors just for your wedding.
  • Wedding dress: Buy the wedding dress of your dreams.
  • Perfume: Wear a new perfume on your wedding day and instantly be transported back to that special moment you exchanged “I do’s” every time you wear it
30 Something Old, Something New Bridal Shower Ideas
  • Monogrammed items: If you’re planning to change your surname, have your new initials embroidered onto your dress or handkerchief.
  • Meaningful jewelry: Purchase matching bracelets or necklaces for yourself and the important women in your lives and wear them on your wedding day.
  • Flutes: Toast to your future as husband and wife with new champagne flutes monogrammed with your name and wedding day.
  • Lingerie: New lingerie for your first night together as man and wife will make you feel beautiful and bring you good luck.
  • Love bangle: Walk down the aisle with a new gift from the groom, like a languages of love bangle. You may want to have a bridesmaid mention this sweet idea to him
  • New home keys: Include a key to your new home in your bouquet.

Something Borrowed

This charm symbolizes borrowed happiness, and is typically an item given to the bride by a happily married friend or family member.

  • Veil: The veil from your friend’s wedding will look fresh and new when paired with your wedding dress.
  • Wedding bands: Though it sounds strange to use another couple’s wedding bands, it’s actually a really sweet gesture. If there is a couple you admire or aspire to be, use their wedding bands during vows.
  • Cake topper: A cake topper or knife used at your relative’s wedding is a classic “something borrowed”.
30 Something Old, Something New Bridal Shower Ideas
  • Handbag or clutch: Now is your chance to raid the closet of your happily married fashionista friend! You can borrow that handbag or clutch you’ve admired from afar.
  • Cufflings: The groom should not be left behind. Cufflings from his grandfather, father or someone special in his life can be work on their special day.
  • Grandma/Mother’s dress: You can alter your mom or grandmother’s dress to match your own personal style, or have a strip of lace from their gown wrapped around your bouquet or sewn into your dress.
30 Something Old, Something New Bridal Shower Ideas
  • Vows: If you loved the vows at your happily married friend’s wedding, ask if you can incorporate a portion of them into your own vows.
  • First dance song: If you attended a wedding and loved the couple’s song, ask if you can use it for your wedding. It can also be a song that is meaningful to your parents or relatives.
  • Father’s bowtie: A bowtie can be worn several ways: in your hair, attached to the dress and even as a bracelet.

Something Blue

This charm represents innocence, love, and faithfulness. Before it became fashionable to wear white, the most preferred color for a bridal gown was blue. In the Christian religion, the hue also represents the Virgin Mary.

30 Something Old, Something New Bridal Shower Ideas
  • Pretty ribbon/flowers: Adding a blue ribbon or blue flowers such as azure miniature irises to your bouquet is the simplest way to integrate “something blue” into your big day.
  • Handkerchief: Dry your tears of joy with a Something Blue Handkerchief embroidered with your new name, so you can carry two symbols of good luck at once.
  • Sapphire: If you want an excuse to wear an additional stunning ring, a sapphire counts as something blue.
  • Shoes: Weave a blue hue into your wardrobe by wearing blue shoes as you walk down the aisle.
  • Blue thread: Have your wedding date and initials monogrammed with blue thread onto the inside of your dress or veil.
  • Garter: A blue garter is a classic way of adding something blue to your wedding day.
  • Dressing gown: Blue dressing gowns make for beautiful photos, and you don’t have to worry about whether or not it will clash with your wedding palette. If you want to stick with white, this plush robe personalized with sea blue thread is just the thing.

Are you collecting the bride’s “somethings”? Give an emotional gesture of good luck and best wishes to the particular bride in your life with a gift that signifies anything old, new, borrowed, or blue. She’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness and kind gesture, whether you give it to her during her shower or right before the wedding.