The saying,“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” comes from an old English rhyme and was a part of every wedding related rom-com movie I watched during my childhood. I still remember the Friends episode when Monica and Chandler decide to get married in Las Vegas and they doubled up a blue sweatshirt from the hotel gift shop as her “Something Borrowed” & “Something Blue.” #efficient
Growing up as a Korean American, this was one aspect of Western weddings that I found so sweet & personal for the bride. I always dreamed about the moment when I myself would be able to pick these four lucky items for my own wedding day. From popular culture influences to sentimental items from my friends, each charm holds a special place in my heart.
Something Old: Perfume
This Chanel Chance Eu Tendre is my signature adulthood scent. It was the first perfume I purchased when I moved to NYC, embarking on this new chapter of my life. It signifies a constant in my getting ready routine & reminds me of how grateful I am for the past 4 years. It was comforting to have this familiar scent with me as we opened another new chapter of our lives.
Something New: Wedding Shoes
You could argue that everything from my wedding dress to my wedding ring was “something new,” but the shoes were a different level of iconic. Cue Sex & the City music - I’m a sucker for all things Carrie Bradshaw and had always fantasized about wearing Manolos on my wedding day. Even before I was engaged, I started saving up for a pair of the blue Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps. When the day came to commit to the purchase, I had second thoughts. I’m a big dancer and had a multiple pieces of choreography during our wedding, so I opted for the much more comfortable open back/slip-on Lurum in silver. They were the quintessential pair to pay homage to Carrie while fitting in with our needs & aesthetic.
Something Borrowed: Jeweled Belt, Floral Hair Comb
Two of my amazing friends, who are already married, let me borrow their wedding belt & hair comb for my wedding ensemble. The beautiful pieces completely elevated my look and it felt doubly special that my friends were so intimately part of the process. Besides these items, we borrowed a lot of time & energy from our friends and family and it was a humbling reminder of the love & support surrounding us on the big day. Similar belt options from BHLDN & hair piece from Jennifer Behr. Thank you M & S! <3
Something Blue: Bridesmaids’ Bracelets
I considered everything from a garter, a ribbon on my bouquet, to even something as obscure as my pedicure color as my Something Blue. When I thought more about the significance of Something Blue - “love, purity and fidelity…to ward off wicked spirits” - I realized that my bridesmaids were my safe haven, my rocks, my loyal ride-or-dies and it would be perfect to make them my Something Blues. For their wedding gift, I got these Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti bracelets. We all wore them on the day of and I know that I can forever call them my Something Blue.
Did you have these four items on your wedding day or are you planning them now? Hope this gave you some ideas and inspiration!
Floral Hair Comb