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“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” Surely you’ve heard this saying, but what does it mean?

At The Inn at Oneonta, we see couples making wedding traditions of their own out of old adages, family memories, and new trends.

No matter what traditions you decide to follow or skip, we’re here for you. We want your day to be perfect and customized to your love.  So how do you decide which traditions you want to keep? Let’s unpack this old saying to learn more.


The Tradition: Something Old

The Evil Eye is known in many cultures to be a spell of sorts, put on someone by a malicious glare. So feared was this Evil Eye, that charms were made specifically to ward off the gaze. But by carrying “something old” with her, the bride was able to ward off the Evil Eye, which was thought to cause infertility. It was also a way of showing community love to the couple, as they were meant to grow old together. Members of the community (especially family members) would often use this as a time to pass down heirloom jewelry to the bride to wear on her special day.

Today:  Modern brides who take part in this tradition are making it something all their own, and we love seeing the sentimental displays of affection between friends and family. From adding their sorority pin from college to their bouquets to photos of their late family members in lockets, to handkerchiefs they were given as girls for being flower girls sewn into the bottom of their dresses, our brides are super creative! We’ve also noticed a major resurgence in having a piece of their mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress added to their own—how sweet is that? Additionally, brides today are playing it a little more loose with these traditions, meaning that not all of them feel the need to personally wear the item. Some see our Inn as the perfect “Something old,” while others may choose a vintage theme for their reception dinners and toast with an old bottle of wine or champagne.


The Tradition: Something New

The origin: From the same rhyme as “Something old,” something new doesn’t carry any bad luck. Instead, it simply stands for the new chapter of the married couple’s life, and it’s pretty easy to check this one off the list.

Today: Modern brides who take part in this tradition don’t need to go out and buy anything new—they’ll be wearing a new dress, have new jewelry, and will be receiving a new ring by the end of the ceremony. We think that covers it.


The Tradition: Something Borrowed

The origin: This one is a mixture of bringing good luck and warding off the Evil Eye (again?!) In the old days, the bride was to borrow a pair of undergarments from a woman with a happy marriage and healthy children to confuse the Evil Eye into thinking she was fertile. Don’t ask us how that worked; we’re just here for wedding History 101 with you! The borrowed items were also supposed to bring good luck to the bride and groom on their big day. 

Today: Today, it’s much less about warding off the Evil Eye and much more about good luck and honoring your loved ones. Modern brides are borrowing jewelry and accessories from their loved ones (especially those who they’ve seen as having happy marriages) and are wearing it on their special day.


The Tradition: Something Blue

The origin: The color blue represents love, purity, and fidelity—three pillars of what many would deem a great and happy marriage. The blue was traditionally worn somewhere hidden—usually, it was the garter. 

Today: We’ve seen so many fun ways of wearing or incorporating blue into our modern brides’ wedding days! Some go for blue shoes, while others carry blue flowers, or even go for a blue manicure! Some brides have had handmade flower crowns woven with blue flowers, or have had their bridesmaids dress in blue dresses, or their grooms wear blue bow ties. Others have relied on the décor to do the blue for them, or have gotten ready in a blue robe. It’s completely up to you how far—or how little—you do, if you decide to follow these traditions at all.


We also appreciate how some modern brides are taking charge and deciding how (and if) they even want to incorporate certain traditions into their ceremonies.

However you decide to craft your ceremony, we’ll be here for you, helping to make sure your wedding day lives up to all of your expectations. The Inn at Oneonta, is your Northern Kentucky all-inclusive wedding venue. Visit to take a virtual tour of our property and to contact us for an on-site visit.

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