Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

We’ve all heard the old adage that a bride should wear and/or incorporate something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on her wedding day. But many of you may not know how this fun wedding tradition started, and the meaning behind it.

Each item in the adage represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she incorporates each one on her wedding day, her marriage will be “happy”. The tradition comes from an old English rhyme. The full rhyme is; something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe. Something old symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past. And to connect the past with the future. Something new means optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead, and for a bright future. Something borrowed is usually an item from a happily married family member or friend, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The something borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family. Something blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Blue also represents purity, and before the late 19th century blue was a popular color for wedding gowns. And a sixpence in her shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity. The sixpence in her shoe remains largely a British custom only.
- Taken from Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot 
Some ideas on incorporating something old, new, borrowed, and blue into your wedding:

- Wrap a grandparents “old” handkerchief around your bridal bouquet
- Print “old” family recipes on note cards as a simple favor for guests
- Wear a locket containing “old” family photos around your neck on your big day
- Wear an “old” heirloom piece of jewelry from a close family member or friend

Photos left to right - from The Knot, Style Me Pretty

- Your dress, shoes, and anything else you bought just for the wedding is your something “new”

Photos left to right- Monique Lhuillier dress, Manolo Blahnik shoes

- “Borrow” a charm, brooch, or locket from a close friend or family member, and hook it onto your bouquet
- Wear a “borrowed” piece of jewelry from a close family member or friend
- Wear a “borrowed” veil from a close family member, friend, or bridesmaid

Photos left to right - Eyes 2 See photography, Style Me Pretty

- Incorporate “blue” flowers into your bridal bouquet
- Place party favors for guests in a delicate “blue” thank you bag

- Select a “blue” guest book or place cards
- Have a “blue” monogram inscribed into your wedding gown
- Wear a “blue” garter
- Have the bustle in your dress made with “blue” ribbon
- Wear “blue” shoes

Photos left to right, top to bottom- Eyes 2 See photography, Martha Stewart weddings, Etsy, Style Me Pretty

What something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue are you incorporating into your wedding day?

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Golden Globes - Red Carpet Dresses

It's that time of the year, one of my favorite times of the year- award season! As someone who loves fashion and has a background in fashion and visual merchandising I am a sucker for all of the glitz, the glamour, the amazing gowns, and the million dollar jewels! I have to admit that I enjoy watching the red carpet pre-shows more than I actually enjoy watching the awards ceremonies themselves...but can you blame me? This year the celebs were out if full force, and full fashion, despite the pouring rain. A few trends that I especially noticed, loved, and that I know will translate well into bridal fashion are ruffles, one-shoulder dresses, and short lengths. Will your wedding dress feature oh-so-beautiful ruffles? Or how about the much needed update to the strapless wedding dress, the one-shoulder gown? Or will you strut down the aisle in a short knee bearing dress?


Emily Blunt in Dolce & Gabbana, Jennifer Morrison in Luis Antonio, Heidi Klum in Roberto Cavalli, Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta, Zoe Saldana in Louis Vuitton, and Christina Hendricks in Christian Siriano.


Reese Witherspoon in Giorgio Armani, Anna Kendrick in Marchesa, Amy Poehler in Jay Godfrey, Drew Berrymore in Atelier Versace, Jennifer Aniston in Valentino, and Jane Krakowski in J. Mendel


Ginnifer Goodwin in Vionnet, Julia Roberts in Yves Saint Laurent, and Kristen Bell in Jasmine di Milo.

Notable Others I Loved

Penelope Cruz in Giorgio Armani Prive, Anna Paquin in Stella McCartney, Sandra Bullock in Bottega Veneta, Kate Hudson in Marchesa, Jennifer Bowen in Georges Hobeika, and Fergie in Elie Saab

All photos from wwd.com and instyle.com


Monday, January 4, 2010

Hello 2010!

Deanie Michelle Events enjoyed the holiday season and a little break over the holidays, but we are back to work and ready for 2010! We are so excited for the New Year and all of the fun things this year will bring! A HUGE thank you to all of our family, friends, wonderful clients, amazing vendors, and new friends we made in 2009 for all of your love and support. We are so grateful to have you in our lives. We wish you a new year filled with lots of health, happiness, prosperity, fun, and fabulousness! Cheers to an incredible 2010!