Whether you hear it now or later, at some point in the wedding planning process you’ll hear the saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. Today’s post is for brides who have questions about this classic wedding tradition. We’ll discuss where the tradition came from and how you can apply this tradition on your wedding day.
Origin of Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
An old English rhyme is the root of this tradition. “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a Sixpence in your Shoe”. This rhyme has led brides to either add these items to her wedding attire or carry them with her on the wedding day as tokens of good luck.
These items are traditionally given to you just before the wedding by your mother, sisters, and other family and friends. If your family forgets about this tradition, there is nothing wrong with giving yourself these gifts. Whether these tokens come from your loved ones or yourself, this is a fun tradition.
Something old represents steadiness, endurance and continuity. Although traditionally these items were worn by the bride, it has become acceptable to have a vintage item as some part of the wedding. It can be anything from pulling up in a vintage car to borrowing an antique piece of wedding jewelry from a relative.
Something new is a symbol of positivity and optimism for your future together. This can be anything from new jewelry, makeup, or haircut.
Borrowing something from a loved one symbolizes borrowing happiness. This can be anything from borrowed jewelry to having the wedding at a borrowed location (such as a friend’s backyard).
The color blue represents pureness, loyalty, fidelity, and love. This can be anything from the grooms tie or blue eye shadow on the bride to a blue ribbon around the cake. It can be as simple as painting your toe nails blue (the bride that is).
A Sixpence in your Shoe
A sixpence in your shoe is a token of prosperity and good fortune as you enter a new phase of life. This remains a tradition in British culture. A sixpence is an English coin. If you choose to celebrate this tradition, you can choose a lucky coin and wear it in your shoe on the wedding day.