Wedding day traditions: Something New

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A bride’s “something new” from the old English rhyme is probably the easiest item to come by for the big day. According to The Knot, the “something new” token is meant to represent optimism for the couple and their new life together. A few new items to consider include:

The wedding gown – Unless you are planning on wearing a hand-me down dress, purchasing your bridal gown can definitely count as your “something new.”

Lingerie – Whether you receive it at your bridal shower, your bachelorette party or the night of your wedding, a silky nightgown is “something new” you’ll definitely want to keep between you and your new husband.

Shoes – Most girls would be ecstatic to have an excuse to purchase a new pair of kicks. Make sure you buy your wedding day shoes in advance so you have plenty of time to break them in before the day of your wedding.

Makeup – Treat yourself to the prestige cosmetics you wouldn’t normally splurge on. You want your skin and makeup to look extra special on your big day – and you can pack your new makeup products to wear on your honeymoon (so you look put-together in all of your vacation and wedding photos!). Make sure to work with a professional makeup artist at the department or beauty store so you purchase the right foundation color and know how to apply each product if you don’t plan on having your makeup professionally done for the big day.

Jewelry – Chances are that a friend or relative will give you a necklace, pair of earrings, bracelet or ring to wear on the big day. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t work your heirloom around a new piece of jewelry! Drop earrings or a dainty necklace go well with a strapless gown. If you are wearing a deep-V or halter neckline, stick with studs and a pretty bracelet so you don’t take away from the gown’s design.

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