Something old, something new…(and a competition too!)


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…..something borrowed, something blue. You probably know the traditional rhyme but did you know the final line that completes it?

…and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

This rhyme goes all the way back to Victorian times and the final line was a tradition that began with the bridegroom placing a sixpence in his bride’s shoe to represent financial security and future wealth.

The rest of the rhyme can be interpreted in many ways but the most popular meanings are;

  • something old represents continuity, the past continuing into the future;
  • something new, the marriage representing the couple’s future together;
  • something borrowed meaning borrowed happiness;
  • something blue represents the bride and grooms commitment, fidelity and love.

As a bride, there are many options for items to complete your rhyme, and again, there are a few traditions relating to the items that normally get chosen. Something old could be a vintage piece of jewellery, perhaps a string of pearls belonging to your grandmother or a vintage brooch.

Marcasite necklace vintage

Something new is perhaps the easiest and for most brides this is their wedding dress or possibly some wedding jewellery bought either by you or for you to wear on your big day.

Something borrowed again could be your jewellery or perhaps you could combine this with the something blue and perhaps borrow a blue garter from a married friend.

Your something blue options could range from a tiny blue crystal incorporated into your jewellery, a charm to clip onto your garter, your new initials sewen into the underside of your dress or a blue flower incorporated into your wedding bouquet or perhaps even a new blue trimmed set of undies for the wedding night…..

garter thin blue

And to help you find your something new, the lovely Tracey from Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery is giving one lucky Wedding-Inspiration reader the chance to win a stunning Allure pendant and chain, with earrings to match!

allure pendantallure teardrop earring

To enter the competition, simply go onto Tracey’s website : and then come back and tell us what your favourite item from her collection is!

Good luck!!

All entries will be submitted into a draw. closing on Sunday 10/10/10 and the winner will be picked at random on 11/10/10. Open to UK residents only! An email address is required, and these will be added to Bridal Designs e-newsletters database. If you do not wish to be included, please opt-out.


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Comments (57)

Her stuff is beautiful! My personal favourite is the Marcasite Necklace Vintage 1940′s

Hi there had a look at the jewelery and I love the Allure collection – very simple but not understated. Would buy this for my daughter or other family member as part of their special day or even as a special gift.

Great site with loads of ideas!

Oh that was difficult to choose a favourite but i would have to say the Grace design is beautiful.

all the jewelery is stunning , but my favourite is the Cascade Necklace. i think it looks very eligant and would compliment any kind off dress.

i will be passing on this website to my friends and family.

Oh I LOVE the Delight Tiara :)

Absolutely love the Delight Tiara, and to top it all, the crystals in the picture are purple, my favourtie colour!

Lots of stunning pieces, added the site to my wedding bookmarks, im sure ill spend many happy hours browsing in the weeks to come :)

I love the Zoe bracelet. It’s an unusual pearl bracelet and just the sort of thing I’ve been looking for. I also adore everything in the vintage collection – unique pieces for unique brides. I could buy it all!!

Wow, her vintage necklaces are amazing! I love the 1930′s Diamante Necklace, I would love to get this…..need to start saving!

I really love the Romance Pearl earrings, my gran told me that she wore tear drop pearl earrings on her wedding day but they’ve gotten lost over the years! She wants to buy me a similar pair and these look about right!! x x

Thankyou so much for all your lovely comments….I’m blushing here! I hope you have all entered the competition and good luck! xx

I LOVE Bridal Designs jewellery – it is so hard to choose but my favourite is the Icicle necklace. It is gorgeous!

I loved the allure collections its just stunning xx

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Tracey is amazingly talented I love her work and own some of her beautiful pieces. A truly talented designer and maker – awesome work!

LOVE the Adore tiara xx

i love all the pieces from the Beautiful genuine vintage jewellery from the 1930′s to the 1960′s collection it’s just gorgeous xxx

Love the Evelyn necklace- I like it simple!

Wow! Such beautiful and exquisite items :-)
Good luck to everyone!
I have my fingers and toes crossed!

I love the Vintage Bridal collection, so unusual and not overly blingy

i love all the vintage jewellery but my fav piece has to be the flower diamante, so pretty

I adore the Icicle Bracelet, so feminine and sparkly, it is so hard to chose though. I loved the Black rose collection too. Fabulous

I love the ‘Romance’ Necklace it’s simple and classy :o) your designs are lovely! xXx

LOVE Bridal Designs jewellery
I love the ‘Romance’ Necklace

ive got to say the vintage bridal collection is outstanding

I adore the Icicle necklace and bracelet – they are my favourites I think.

I do also love the Marcasite necklace but the icicle necklace and bracelet are my faves, so sparkly.

I love them all! But my favorite would be the Moonshadow Pendant and Chain! Gorgeous!!

I love the vintage stuff – she has great taste! My favourite is the Art Deco Rhinestone Bracelet

Love most of the Jewellery, but especially like the icicle earrings.

Very hard to choose but the Ethereal pendant is lovely.

My favourite item is the Crystal Stargazer Tiara.

Im actually going to go home tonight and find a picture of my wedding dress to see if this tiara will go well with it or not, as I love it.

The Icicle necklace – beautiful XX

Wow what a lot of entries! I agree all the pieces are beautiful but I especially like the Elegance Earrings. They are exquisite!

I love the delight tiara I think I would be a beautiful finish to any dress it is stunning x x x

What a delightful blog! I love the way you put the rhyme, what you could use. My nan died a few years ago and i’m using a few of her things to complete the rhyme for our wedding in November. I get to have the superstition fulfilled and feel like a part of her is with me :-)

My favourite piece is the Flower Spray Vintage Diamonte Brooch, it reminds me of a brooch she gave me after she moved to Lowestoft. The only difference is her’s has no diamonds or diamontes at all it’s so old! So for sheer nostelgia, that is my favourite from Tracey’s collection.

Tracey your work is just darling! :-)

Good luck everyone.

PS i’ve just found my sixpence!! :-)

It’s all really lovely, very delicate and elegant but still makes a beautiful statement.

My favourite is the Allure pendent and earrings, as it would look just right with the crystals and pearls on my veil.

I loved the cascade necklace. It would look so beautiful on my daughter when she gets married next September

I love the forever bracelet

I think all the jewellery is lovely but i think Zoe Necklace is my favourite but i think Allure pendent and chain would go best with my 50s style wedding dress neckline.

Lovely Jewellery thanks for showing me it.

I love the Ivory Satin Garter – grr!

what a great wesite!

I absolutely adore Traceys jewellery, she’s a fantastic lady with a wonderful creativity for jewellery, can’t wait to get married lol.

My absolutely favourite piece is the moon pendant and chain!! :)

I love the Angelic Necklace , beautiful in a simple way……like me!!

I love the Art Deco Rhinestone bracelet- would look beautiful with the dress I want :)

It has to be the Forever Bracelet – so pretty, and so elegant.

Lots of lovely stuff to choose from though – and very reasonably priced for handmade.

I love the icicle collection :)

My favourite is the flower diamanted necklace – simply beautiful :)

So much to chose from yet but I would have to say
my favourite items are the allure earrings and bracelet – they would match my dress perfectly as it has both diamonte and pearl detailing and are very simple and elegant.


I adore the vintage collection in particular art deco it’s stunning!!!!

Marcasite Necklace Vintage 1940′s has got to be my fav.

I love the Forever Bracelet xx Have retweeted on twitter @cheryl7003

I especially love the Art Deco Rhinestone Bracelet. Although everything is very beautiful.

I love that you have a vintage collection, my favorite is the Marcasite Necklace Vintage as it would be fab with by red wedding dress!

Oh i love the Allure necklace, its gorgeous. although it was a hard choice :) x

i adore the site and i love the Fantasia Tiara this is so beautiful. all of the items are beautiful.

to tell you the truth it was so hard to pick a favorite single item

I love the tiaras they are lovely i particullary like the angelic tiara, I have never seen any like the designs shown before, they are lovely

My fave item is the Starlight bracelet!

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