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.