15+ Something Old, Something New Ideas

July 3, 2024 | kailey

Image by Elizabeth Grant.

You’ve chosen your wedding dress and accessories, hired your vendors, and sorted the decor, but something still feels incomplete. It’s probably time to sort out your ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’ for your big day. Incorporating this tradition into your wedding can add that extra special touch, regardless of your religious beliefs or personal preferences. 

This popular tradition is meant to bring good luck and honor the different stages of your life. However, the requirements can be quite vague. If no particular items jump out at you–like a cherished family heirloom–it can be challenging to decide what to include. While we already have unique ideas for your something blue, we’re not stopping there. Here are a few ideas for your something old and something new to complete your look. 

Sweet & Sentimental Something Old Ideas 

Passed Down Wedding Dress

Wearing your mother’s wedding dress or incorporating elements of a loved one’s gown into your custom dress is a heartfelt way to honor the ‘something old’ tradition. You can also use lace from a family member’s dress as a sash or belt, or repurpose vintage buttons as unique accents. Looking for a modern way to wear your mom’s gown? Have the dress remade as a reception dress or rehearsal dinner outfit (just make sure to ask her if she’s alright with you making alterations).  

Vintage Veil 

If you’ve found your dream wedding dress but still want to add classic details, consider wearing a vintage veil. Whether it’s a treasured heirloom passed down from a loved one or a unique find from a thrift store, incorporating a vintage veil into your look will add personality and check off the ‘something old’ box.

Family Heirloom

When you think of a family heirloom, a specific item may come to mind. Incorporate that cherished piece into your wedding. Whether it’s a piece of jewelry, a handkerchief, a watch, a brooch, or a hair comb, these subtle and delicate touches add a meaningful layer to your personalized celebration.

Antique Lockets With Family Photos

One meaningful way to honor loved ones who have passed is by wearing antique lockets with their photos. If you’re wearing a suit, you can add the locket to your boutonniere or place it in your suit chest pocket. For those carrying a bouquet, work with your florist to incorporate the locket into the bouquet design.

Military Tags From Loved Ones 

Incorporating military tags into your wedding adds a special touch to honor loved ones, especially if you have a military background. You can use them as a bouquet charm, display them on a memory table with photos of the loved ones they belong to. 

Perfume or Scent 

Your ‘something old’ doesn’t have to be a tangible object—it can be your old perfume! Consider using the fragrance you wore when you first met your partner or one that draws up fond memories for both of you. 

Vintage Getaway Car 

Drive away in style and check off your ‘something old’ with a vintage car. Lend a classic car from a loved one or hire one for the big day, making your grand exit in a vintage car is truly unforgettable and makes for a stunning photo opportunity.

Image by Aleisha Edwards.

Unique Something New Ideas 

New Jewelry 

Looking for an excuse to treat yourself to a new staple jewelry piece? From earrings to necklaces, your wedding is the perfect excuse to hit ‘purchase’ on those items that have been sitting in your cart for ages. Not only will it enhance your look, but it’ll also make for a sweet keepsake. 

Custom Wedding Jackets 

For those planning a wedding in cooler weather, purchase that stunning bridal jacket you’ve probably seen all over Pinterest. Whether you envision an edgy leather jacket or a custom denim jacket, it’s a fun ‘something new idea that’ll keep you stylish and warm.  

Personalized Cufflinks 

Planning to wear a suit on your wedding day? Elevate your look with new cufflinks. There are countless designs out there that feature a quirky design or can be personalized with initials, a picture of your pets, or the wedding date These are another great keepsake to wear after your wedding to reminisce on a day that means so much to you.

Image by 4K Wedding.

Signature Scent

While fashion and decor leave a lasting impression, don’t underestimate the power of scent. A particular fragrance can instantly evoke memories of your wedding day long after the day is over. That’s why we love the idea of picking out a fresh new wedding perfume or cologne specific to your wedding. 

Reception Outfit Change 

Who says you have to stick to just one outfit? It’s your wedding day, your rules. If you want to buy a stunning new outfit to switch things up for your reception, go for it! Not in the mood fora mini white dress? Opt for a vibrant jumpsuit that you can move around in.

Change up Your Hair 

If you’re in the mood to go one step beyond a reception outfit change, switch up your hairstyle for something fresh. We’ve seen countless couples choose a daring cut before the party began, and we love it. Transforming your hair is a fun and exciting ‘something new’ idea that’ll kickstart your marriage in an unforgettable way.

Image by Lilly Red.

Signature Lip Color

We know not everyone is ready for a drastic hairstyle change. For something a little less permanent,, pick outa signature lip color. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new with your makeup on the big day. Plus, you can wear that shade again for special occasions, bringing back the memories of your wedding day.

Wedding Lingerie 

From lace and frills to full-coverage support, what you wear under your gown can be just as special as the gown itself. Treat yourself to new wedding lingerie that makes you feel like your most beautiful self on your special day. 


For those seeking a more permanent “something new,” consider getting tattoos. Take it a step further by having a tattoo artist at your reception, allowing your guests to get tattoos as well. It’s a fun keepsake and provides unique entertainment that’ll make your wedding truly unforgettable.

Now that you have your something old and something new ideas sorted, it’s time to complete the tradition by deciding on your something borrowed and something blue. If you’re unsure of how to incorporate blue into your wedding, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with our something blue guide, packed with ideas to infuse the color into your celebration.

Image by Ariana Tennyson.

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This Monterey Peninsula Elopement Was the Definition of Wholesome

July 2, 2024 | justine

Jane and Mike’s Monterey Peninsula elopement was a beautiful and intimate celebration of their love. Choosing a remote, meaningful location, they embraced the natural surroundings, which mirrored their deep connection and desire to honor their union. Their day was a heartfelt reminder that the only thing needed to make it special was each other.

Despite the challenging weather, the couple saw it as part of the adventure. Overlooking the mighty Pacific, they quietly shared their vows on a rock, creating a meaningful moment by staying present and feeling profound gratitude for their love. They followed this with beautiful portraits to immortalize the special day.

They embraced a “less is more” approach, keeping things simple yet deeply meaningful. Everything came together beautifully, as seen in the stunning images captured by Flora Gibson. These photos perfectly showcase how all Jane and Mike needed to make their day special was each other.

The Couple:

Jane and Mike

The Wedding:

Monterey Peninsula, California, United States

A Deeply Personal Monterey Peninsula Elopement Ceremony by the Pacific

Our ceremony was intensely personal, and that worked well for us at this stage in our lives. The location, the vows, even our fashion choices—all of it was about seizing our time in an intimate way. Quietly sharing our vows on a rock overlooking the mighty Pacific and giving the ordinary (e.g., laughing together, beachcombing, and admiring the wonders of this beautiful world) a sense of the extraordinary.

Staying Present and Grateful by Focusing on Each Other and Keeping it Simple

Our advice for couples: Keep the focus on your love for one another and your love for your families; all the rest will fall into place. The superficial is ephemeral. What lingers are your memories of the promises you have made and your determination to keep them. Stay present in the moment and be in touch with profound gratitude for what you share. Be determined to enjoy the day, no matter what it brings. Honor each other, care for your families’ needs, and keep it simple so you can enjoy the day.

How Their  Personal History Led to Their Monterey Peninsula Elopement

We selected a remote location that is deeply significant to us both. Jane has visited there for more than 50 years. We understood that if the weather were challenging, that would just be part of the adventure. Our photographer coordinated shots wonderfully, embracing the rain.


Fashion Choices With Shoes Inspired by Jane’s Grandmother

We opted for two outfits—one more formal and one less formal. Jane’s grandmother wore white Keds when introducing Jane to the beach as a young child, so naturally, Jane’s choice of shoes at our location made hopping the fence easier.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Flora Gibson
Rings – O.C. Tanner


Congratulations to Jane and Mike on their Monterey Peninsula elopement. Many thanks to Flora Gibson for capturing all the special moments they will treasure forever.

This intimate celebration shows us that all you need for a special day is your partner, nature’s beauty, and your personal style. To create a similar experience, check out our elopement guide for helpful tips and ideas.

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Unique Wedding Seating Chart and Escort Card Ideas

July 1, 2024 | riley

Image by The Crakes

One thing your guests are guaranteed to notice on your wedding day is your signage. From the welcome sign to the seating charts, these must-have details help direct guests and play a key role in the overall flow of your celebration. While wedding signage ultimately serves a functional purpose, it doesn’t have to be boring. Getting creative with your designs can turn the mundane into standout decor pieces.

After finalizing your seating arrangements, create a seating chart that seamlessly complements your theme and color palette, making it easy for guests to find as soon as they enter the reception space. Whether you’re looking for a timeless design to match an elegant wedding or retro ideas for an eccentric celebration, here’s a round-up of wedding seating charts perfect for every style.

Wedding Seating Chart FAQs

Is it necessary to have a seating chart necessary?

Although seating charts aren’t necessary, they are extremely helpful–especially if you are having a larger wedding. They make it much easier for your guests to navigate your venue and help you stay on schedule if you’re doing toasts, plated dinners, etc. Lastly, they’re a great way for your guests to be comfortable socially since you can place everyone with familiar faces.

What’s the difference between a seating chart and escort cards?

Escort cards are specifically designed for your individual guests, with their names and table numbers, which they can take with them as they move around. Often, you’ll find that they also include their food preference if having a seated dinner. Seating charts, on the other hand, are one large display that guests can glance at before finding their tables.

How do I create a seating chart?

Some couples opt for a Do-It-Yourself approach, but DIY projects can be quite demanding. You have to design, build, and handle the transportation, which adds stress leading up to and on your wedding day. Hiring a professional for your wedding signage is always a smart move. Their experience and assistance will be well worth the investment.

Do I need to assign seats at each table?

When it comes to finalizing your seating charts, you can choose to assign guests to tables or designate specific seats for each person. Either way, your seating chart display will only direct guests to their assigned table. If you’ve opted for assigned seating, place cards on each table will indicate who sits where.

Do the newlywed’s parents sit together?

This one is entirely up to personal preference. If your parents and in-laws get along, they’ll most likely love sitting together and sharing your special day with one another. If there’s a possibility of tension, don’t be afraid to sit them with other family members.

Food and Beverage Seating Charts & Escort Cards

Image by Joel & Justyna. Signage by Tami Varma

Image by Marissa Nicole Photography. Signage by The Basic Birch Co. Florals by Wild Greenery. Planning by Cali Curated

Image by Dani Nichol Photography. Margarita wall and pouches by Andi Mejia Co. Planning by Melanie Snyder. Month of Coordination by Southern Sparkles Wedding. Florals by Flowers by Lexi. Venue: Luxmore Grande Estate

Photography by Bruno Rezza. Signage by Velvet Fox Designs

Image by McCune Photography. Planning by Details Darling

Image by Basecamp Visual. Planning & Design by Root and Gather Events. Stationary + Signage by Paper & Dust. Custom Wall by Wallflower Rentals

Retro Seating Charts & Escort Card Ideas

Image by Studio 27 Photography. Seating Chart: Andi Mejia. Venue: Bella Collina. Planner: Plan It Events. Floral: RJ Glam

Image by Jodee Debes Photography. Venue: Holman Ranch. Florals by Seascape Flowers. Paper goods + signage by Summit and Sage. Seating chart display by BooVara Designs. Rentals by Found Rental Co. Planning + design by E Events Co.

Themed Seating Charts & Escort Cards

Image by Lindsay Hackney. Planning by Lindsey M. Events. Florals by Emily Herzig Floral. Signage by Littleton Sign Co. Escort cards by Pumped on Paper. Logo by Bonomo Paper Co

Image by Wade Muir. Planning by Mad Bash Group

Image by Perry Vaile. Planning & design by A Fox Event

Image by Beatrice Howell. Planning by Valentina Nguyen

Floral Seating Charts & Escort Card Ideas

Photography: Mariam Saifan. Escort Display/Seating Chart: designwise KC. Cake: Taylor Elizabeth Cakes. Catering: Strang Hall. Dress: Bridal Extraordinaire. Floral: Solstice Floral Studio. Hair and Makeup: POSH KC. Model: Lauren Goode. Modern Bounce House: Inflate KC. Planner: Confetti Events. Rentals: Supply. Stationery: Nellie Sparkman. Sweets: Kate Smith Soirée. Venue: Strang Reserve. Videography: Estrella Films KC. 360 Photo Booth: Top Tier Photo

Planning + Design by Bianca Nichole and Co. Photo by Harper Blankenship. Signage by Design to Flourish. Florals by Wildly Cultivated. Venue Villa Antonia.

Image by Elvira Kalviste

Image by Franzi Annika. Signage by  The Coordination Company

Image by Gloria Goode. Planning by Bird Dog Wedding. Signage by LBV Design House. Florals by Reverie Floristry

Image by Sunny Golden

Image by ProudRad. Event planning by The Wedding Bliss Thailand

Whether you’re looking for something themed for your special day or a seating chart that’s elegant, these wedding seating charts are the perfect inspiration. If you’re still stuck trying to figure out how to seat your guests, our wedding reception seating chart guide may help!

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