Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

We all know the traditional wedding rhyme. ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.’ You’ve probably had people recite it to you since the day you got engaged! Many brides like to stick to this classic poem and have something of each for their wedding day. Not sure what you should have for each thing? Here are some of our ideas.

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If you’ve had a pair of white heels at the back of your wardrobe for years, now is the time to dig them out again. Give them a quick polish and, hopefully; they will look as good as new again! Old jewelry that you’ve had since childhood can also be a really nice touch to your outfit. If you don’t have old shoes or jewelry, you can think slightly outside the box. How about setting the tables for the reception in some vintage tablecloths? You could even use some dry flowers in the decorations.

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Something New

For their something new, most brides count their wedding dress. Shopping for the dress is possibly the biggest part of wedding preparations for the bride. Hitting the bridal shop is a big day, and many women take all their bridesmaids along with them to enjoy free Champagne and nibbles. If your dress isn’t a new one – after all, some brides borrow theirs – you could keep things simple and just buy a new veil or tiara. Unfortunately, the wedding bands don’t count as something new. You have to be a bit more imaginative in your thinking as you can’t just fall back on your rings!

Something Borrowed

Some brides keep their wedding in the family and borrow their mother’s old wedding dress. If you don’t want to borrow something to wear, there are other ways to get around this one. Renting some form of transportation to take you to the church counts! You can find many hire limos online on sites like silverimage.com. If you hire anything for the day, then it counts as borrowing. As long as you give it back at the end, that is!

Something Blue

It’s easy incorporating blue into your wedding day. Most brides like to wear a blue garter under their dress. Your bouquet can be brightened up with some pretty blue flowers. If you have any blue sapphires in your jewelry box, then get them out to wear as well. Another way to incorporate blue into your wedding day is to use it in the color scheme at your reception venue. Many couples like to decorate their venue to suit their tastes. Use blue in the decorations and table settings to make sure you are following the classic rhyme. You can also find other ideas for your themes and decor online at bridalguide.com/planning/wedding-planning-basics/wedding-theme-ideas.

After a little time thinking about it, you’ll come up with plenty of ideas to incorporate into your wedding. Need some more ideas? Just ask your bridesmaids!

Mining and Ranching Museum Fall Aspen Wedding

Notes from the bride and groom, Molly and Joe: 

How/why did you choose this venue? Why is it special to you?

We knew we wanted to be married in the mountains and the Aspen Chapel stood out as such a beautiful landmark in a place we truly loved spending time. As we learned more about the Chapel and got to know the community, we knew it was a perfect fit to represent our commitment. We wanted our guests to be able to enjoy the town of Aspen and its amazing natural beauty – it was important to us to have a reception site that provided a rustic Colorado backdrop but kept everyone close to town. We immediately fell in love with the Museum and all the history it represented. The mining site has evolved and played a lot of different roles in the town’s history over the years – we felt it was a meaningful metaphor for how a marriage evolves and must take different shapes as you grow together.

Tell us all about your wedding day—what were the most meaningful moments; what are your best memories; what did it feel like?

It was so incredible to have all our friends and family together in a place that is so special to us, half the fun was being able to share Aspen with everyone. As we made the beautiful walk from the Chapel to the Museum, we emerged from the Aspen Grove to look upon all our friends and family enjoying one another on a beautiful fall day, listening to great live bluegrass music. It was truly an incredible moment to take in. Joe looked up to find a mountain goat looking down on us, which was a rare and meaningful discovery. Everything about the day was so beyond our wildest expectations; we were so appreciative of all the work our vendors put in and felt like it was truly a representation of who we are as a couple, right down to the pheasant feathers (that Joe and his family had hunted) in the floral arrangements and the east coast seafood representation on the raw bar. We loved having a family style dinner to be able to enjoy lots of different food and get people interacting at long farm tables. We had everyone dancing the night away and hope to have a marriage that is as fun and beautiful as the day was.

Tell us all about your love story! How did you meet? How did he propose?

We met working together for a company in Boston – at that time, Joe was located in Denver and I was living in Boston. What started as a friendship turned into more and I was lucky enough to be able to follow the mountains (and Joe) to Colorado. Joe proposed in Boston overlooking the city and the office building where we met. We were lucky enough to be able to share the weekend with lots of friends and family, which made it truly special.Anything else you’d like to share? We worked with incredible people throughout the process, which made it all so enjoyable. It was so meaningful to us to be able to not just enjoy the day but also truly enjoy the whole process.

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Photographer:  David Lynn Photography | Ceremony: Aspen Chapel | Event Venue: Aspen Historical Society | Event Planner: Bluebird Productions | Floral Designer: Carolyn’s Flowers | Beauty:Casey Fisher Beauty | Hair Stylist: Clementine’s Salon | Band: Hipster Mama Productions | Caterer: Pan & Fork Supper Club | Invitation Designer: Paper Plates Press | Specialty Foods: Peteybird | Band: The Riverfront Ramblers

Classic Mountain Wedding

Notes from the bride, Hollie: 

Our wedding stands out simply because it was planned in 4 months! We love the summer in the Vail Valley and think August is the best month of the whole year. Once we toured The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera’s “Overlook Lawn,” we immediately committed to a date… that was 60 days away!

From the moment I started planning our wedding, I wanted the theme to be natural, whimsical and reflective of the beauty of the surrounding mountains in Cordillera. To evoke that theme, I first chose ivory, taupe and pine green as our color scheme. We also had a lot of gold that added a touch of subdued glam in a romantic, fairy tale kind of way. My dress and flowers also reflected that whimsical mountain romanticism; the tulle in my wedding dress with its taupe ribbon, the bridesmaid’s baby’s breath bouquets and the large amount of greenery I used on our wedding arch, welcome signs and center pieces brought in that organic, natural vibe.

My parents created multiple DIY items for our wedding. I originally saw a seating chart, arch and welcome sign on Pinterest that I adored. When I showed my mom the photos, she instantly said, “I can totally do that!” And she didn’t stop there. Our corn hole game, welcome boxes for our guests staying at the hotel, seating chart, arch and welcome signs were 100% DIY. I’m lucky to have such artistic parents!

Although planning was an exciting and special time, I’m happy to report that being actually married is SO much better than the actual wedding, which can be really stressful! I have a lot of reflections on what I learned about weddings throughout the planning process, but if I could pass on any real advice to a bride-to-be, I would suggest to simply not skimp on any parts that are really important to you. If you are on a budget and you care the most about your dress, flowers, decor, food, entertainment, etc… then it’s ok to spend less on other things so you can spare no expense on the things you love the most!

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