You've witnessed countless brides interpret these words in the same old conventional fashion (the handkerchief is old, the dress is new, the earrings are borrowed and the garter is blue). But this is your wedding, and you've never been one to follow the crowd. Take heart. Here are some ideas to make your wedding unique and memorable.
If you are pressed for time, you can always throw on a pair of old stockings to take care of this part of the rhyme... but you don't want to do that. You may be lucky enough to wear your mother's wedding gown, but if not, the following suggestions are as apropos as they are old.
A vintage engagement ring or wedding band
The veil your grandmother wore in her wedding
Antique or heirloom earrings or bracelet
A tiny vintage purse
Vintage buttons on your wedding dress
Your favorite lipstick
Your signature perfume
Antique lace tied around your bouquet
This is where it can get really fun; after all, who could deny you a perfectly sensible excuse to go shopping? Think of the possibilities...
Your wedding gown
A veil that makes the dress
A brand new lipstick or eyeshadow
Jewelry: a sparkling bracelet, earrings or a classic pearl necklace (if not a gift from your groom, then one to yourself -- you deserve it)
The perfect shoes
Elegant silk gloves
A glittering tiara (what better time to be princess for a day)
A silk or cashmere shawl (for a fall or winter wedding)
Just because it's new doesn't mean you have to purchase it.
A brand new penny for your shoe
Freshly picked garden flowers for your bouquet
Your friends and family will be thrilled to help you with this item; however, it may be a bit tricky deciding what to borrow from whom. One of the most traditional choices is also one of the loveliest -- borrowing a gown from your mother or grandmother. If that is not an option, read on.
Mom's pearl necklace
The earrings your grandmother wore at her wedding
The adorable little bag your best friend carried at hers
Your aunt's veil or headpiece
Your sister's wedding shoes
Your parents' (or a friend's) home for the wedding or reception
An elegant wrap from your future mother-in-law
Your grandfather's Bible or book of poetry
Money from your parents or his (for the wedding or honeymoon)
We aren't sure who launched the blue garter craze, but we do know it's still alive in the 21st century. While a lacy blue garter is a viable option, the following are a few fresh alternatives.
Blue flowers in your bouquet, such as hydrangeas
Lingerie with touches of blue
Ice blue toenail polish
A dramatic blue-red lipstick
Tiny blue details, such as flowers, scattered on a long veil
A delicate pale blue barrette
A beautiful blue Austrian crystal
A blues band at your reception
A silk, midnight blue wedding gown (who says it has to be white?)