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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed…

A recent post discussed fun and stylish ways to incorporate something blue into your wedding day attire. So, what about the rest of the cliché? Well, here are a few ways to fulfill the rest of this old rhyme.

What does it mean?

This saying is believed to have originated in Britain during the Victorian era. Each item is supposed to bring the bride good luck. Something old represents the bride bringing her past into her future. The item is usually associated with family, and it represents a continued family relationship after marriage. Something new symbolizes hope and optimism. This represents the bride’s dreams for her future life. Something borrowed is an item from a married family member or friend. It is supposed to bring good luck to the newly married couple.

Something Old

Old is a tricky word. Does old mean a few years old, or does it mean half a century old? Honestly, it is up to you. You may choose to wear a piece of jewelry that is only a few years old, or you may wear an heirloom from your great-great-great Aunt Sally. Here are just a few ways to incorporate something old into your wedding day.

  • Wear a piece of jewelry your parents gave you as a little girl
  • Carry a handkerchief given to you by a family member
  • Clip an old brooch to your bouquet
  • Wrap an old strand of pearls around or in our bouquet
  • Use an old piece of fabric to wrap your bouquet
  • Wear a family member’s  veil
  • Wear a family member’s wedding gown
  • Wear a family member’s headpiece
  • Wear a hair accessory you loved as a little girl (even better if you use to wear it while playing wedding)

Something Borrowed

Usually, something borrowed can be from a family member or friend who is already married. The difference between something old and something borrowed is that the something borrowed has to be given back. If the item is given to you to keep, it doesn’t count. Here are just a few possibilities.

  • Borrow wedding jewelry
  • Borrow a wedding gown
  • Borrow a veil
  • Borrow a headpiece
  • Borrow shoes
  • Borrow a silk flower bouquet
  • Borrow a brooch to attach to your bouquet
  • Borrow hair accessories

Something New

Something new is the easiest part of this cliché. Most of the items you will wear on your wedding day will be new. Just in case you need a reminder, here are a few things that might be new on your wedding day.

And a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe

The complete saying goes “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” A sixpence is a British coin worth six cents. This item symbolizes wealth and financial security. According to several sources, the coin should be placed under the left foot. Today, many brides choose to place a penny or dime in their shoe. If you want a traditional sixpence, some companies sell keepsake coins for weddings.

What suggestions do you have? We would love to hear your ideas.

Wedding Tradition – Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

The customary wedding rhyme, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence for her shoe” is believed to have its origins in Victorian England. The riddle and tradition are intended to bestow good luck and good fortune on the bride and groom.  Here’s a deeper look at the saying’s meaning and how to incorporate it into your wedding day:

Something Old: An “old” item is meant to represent the continued connection with the bride’s family and her past. Family jewelry makes a great option a of “something old” to be used on your wedding day. Ask a parent, grandparent, or other relative for a necklace, ring, or even vintage hairpin to be worn down the aisle. For an even more impressive “old” item, why not don the wedding gown that belonged to your mother, grandmother, or other relative? A lot of bridal boutiques and tailors can even modify older gowns into a style befitting of the current trends. Wearing an older gown or jewelry not only fits the tradition, but it can be a great way to honor a late loved one or a cherished family marriage.

Something New: A “new” item symbolizes new hope and optimism for the bride and groom’s future.  Chances are you’ll be wearing plenty of new items on your wedding day from your dress to your shoes to a new piece of jewelry.

Something Borrowed: Borrowing an item from a happily married friend or relative is meant to serve as a way for their marital bliss to be bestowed upon the bride, as well as a reminder of who can be depended on. A veil or headpiece is a great option to consider borrowing, if you have a pal who owns one in your style. It will carry sentimental value and save you a precious penny. Other “borrowed” items can include jewelry, shoes, or a cute wedding clutch.

Something Blue: The color blue has been a symbol of purity, love, and faithfulness for centuries. As for a “blue” item on your wedding day, try finding a garter with a blue bow or add a little spunk to your wedding wardrobe with a pair of blue shoes or vibrant blue jewelry.

Sixpence: Placing a sixpence in the bride’s shoe is supposed to represent good fortune and financial prosperity. It also makes for a great photo op for your father, grandfather, or loved one to place the coin in your shoe. Many wedding and gift stores sell keepsake sixpences, but you can also substitute a penny or other coin.