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Something Old...

The saying starts with "Something Old"...

...and we absolutely love it when brides come with the idea of working something sentimental into their wedding dress. It can really be anything, from a mother's veil to a father's tie so we asked a few of our previous brides to share how they incorporated their "something old" into their dresses.

For those of you looking, here are some lovely inspirational stories and to the brides who shared their stories, thank you xx

TARA

The hearts in Tara's dress were made from one of her father's favourite ties with the words "Tara" and "Dad" embroidered onto it. 

The hearts in Tara's dress were made from one of her father's favourite ties with the words "Tara" and "Dad" embroidered onto it. 

"I lost my Dad to cancer a few years ago and I wanted to find a way to include him in my wedding day. For anyone who has lost a parent and is about to get married you will know it is one of the happiest and saddest days combined, it is unimaginable to not have them there and with you sharing in your happiness.

After a lot of Pinterest browsing and throwing around far too many ideas to mention I realized it needed to be something unique and personal, no one else needed to see it but me. I didn’t want to upset my Mom with a photo or an empty chair along the aisle (yes these were ideas I had found from other people’s weddings) or take away from the celebrations of the day.  I found his favourite Yves Saint Laurent tie and from there the idea turned into two hearts sewn into the inside of my dress at the back which for me was perfect. Something simple, understated and for me to carry with me / wear on the day. The tie which was turned into two hearts could have been considered as my something old, my something borrowed and my something blue as it fitted all 3 of the categories, which I know would have made my Dad laugh as we cut up his favourite tie and turned it into a memory I will forever cherish."

- Tara

It's the little hidden details that makes these items all the more sentimental as other guests might not see it but you know it is there. Photo: Jenni Elizabeth

It's the little hidden details that makes these items all the more sentimental as other guests might not see it but you know it is there. Photo: Jenni Elizabeth

CAITLIN

Caitlin's veil had a lace trim that was used as a trim on her mother's actual wedding dress. Photo: He Is Visual

Caitlin's veil had a lace trim that was used as a trim on her mother's actual wedding dress. Photo: He Is Visual

"When I decided to use elements of my Mother's original dress it came from a place of real tenderness. I am a sentimental person, so is my mother. It meant the world to me to be able to carry a piece of my mother's wedding story with me on the day of my wedding, I knew it would also mean a lot to my mom. 

She very gracefully gifted me pieces of her dress. We decided on the buttons, lace and my mom's original horse shoe that had been sewn into the underside of my mother's dress for good luck.  Janita found a beautiful  way to incorporate all of these elements into my dress and honestly it made my dress that much more special for me."

- Caitlin

The tiny little fabric covered buttons that were used on the back closure of the scalloped lace came directly off Caitlin's mother's dress. Photo: He Is Visual

The tiny little fabric covered buttons that were used on the back closure of the scalloped lace came directly off Caitlin's mother's dress. Photo: He Is Visual

CELESTE

Celeste was able to wear the veil that her mother wore years ago on her own wedding day. Photo: Ronél Kruger

Celeste was able to wear the veil that her mother wore years ago on her own wedding day. Photo: Ronél Kruger

"The moment I got engaged I knew my wedding would be about personal touches and family history- it's two different people from different backgrounds vowing to become one. It's a celebration of our love, after all!

The idea of incorporating heirlooms into my wedding day came naturally.I thought of my mom and grandmother's weddings and all the things I really loved about them and decided to use things that would also fit into my own personal style.

My grandmother had safely kept my mom's veil for all these years and I decided to wear it to keep her close to me on this important day as she could only be there in spirit. My talented wedding dress designer, Janita Toerien, helped with colouring it to the same cream shade as my wedding dress and voila! A perfect veil!

I kept a special seat for my mother with a vintage picture of her next to my grandmother in the front aisle during the ceremony.

I was also lucky enough to wear my mother's garter that day. On breaking the news about our engagement to my uncle, he quickly fetched one of his scrapbooks and inside was the beautiful white and blue piece of lace that he caught at her wedding! It meant so much that it made it's way back to me that I decided to keep it and throw a new one instead. 

My grandmother had given me a ring a few years before and I decided to use the small diamonds to custom make my wedding earrings to match my wedding ring and bracelet.

I also liked the idea of completing the "something old, something new" tradition with a small handkerchief that I borrowed from my grandmother. I tucked it into my dress (and used it more times than I thought I would.)I kept my grandmother close to me on my wedding day- she was almost like a fourth bridesmaid but also our guest of honor. It was just so special being able to share it with her and all our loved ones surrounded with memories of family and love."

- Celeste

Celeste's grandmother had given her a ring that was remade into earrings which Celeste wore on the day of the wedding. She also borrowed a handkerchief from her gran as her "something borrowed" and said that it came in quite handy! Photo: Ronél Kruger

Celeste's grandmother had given her a ring that was remade into earrings which Celeste wore on the day of the wedding. She also borrowed a handkerchief from her gran as her "something borrowed" and said that it came in quite handy! Photo: Ronél Kruger

ANNELIZE

Annelize's dress had a multitude of layers, some of which were layers of fabric that we took off her mother's wedding dress. The little beads and buttons of her mother's dress were then also sewn onto Annelize's dress for added details. Photo: Charlene Schreuder.

Annelize's dress had a multitude of layers, some of which were layers of fabric that we took off her mother's wedding dress. The little beads and buttons of her mother's dress were then also sewn onto Annelize's dress for added details. Photo: Charlene Schreuder.

As a little girl you always dream of having the fairy tale wedding when you grow up and what the dress will look like...my mother kept her wedding dress for her only daughter after having had 4 boys. Unfortunately life took its twists and turns with our family and God came to take my mother with Him when I was 11 years old. I kept her dress with me all throughout the years until the time came when I was 26 to marry the man of my dreams.

I knew what I wanted for my dream dress and decided to use the fabric from my mother's wedding dress in my own gown not only having it as my "something old" but also knowing that she is a part of it. My wedding dress is one of my most treasured possessions which I would love to hand to my daughter one day. 

- Annelize

The veil that Annelize wore was also the veil her mother had worn on her own wedding day. Photo: Charlene Schreuder

The veil that Annelize wore was also the veil her mother had worn on her own wedding day. Photo: Charlene Schreuder

From left to right: Suzanne's train was made by using her mother's chiffon veil (Photo: Lindie Meyer); Loreen's wore her mother's veil that was made of a beautiful Spanish lace (Photo: Moira West); Alyssa's dress had the lace and tulle from her mother's wedding dress including the original lace scallop (Photo: Moira West). 

From left to right: Suzanne's train was made by using her mother's chiffon veil (Photo: Lindie Meyer); Loreen's wore her mother's veil that was made of a beautiful Spanish lace (Photo: Moira West); Alyssa's dress had the lace and tulle from her mother's wedding dress including the original lace scallop (Photo: Moira West). 

So there you go, some heart-warming, smile inducing inspiration for your "Something Old" just in time to get you thinking over the weekend!

xx

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