For centuries, brides have been following this wedding rhyme. The tradition dictates that wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue will ensure a happy marriage. Let’s take a look at the history of this wedding phrase and the sentiment behind each item.
The tradition dates back to 19th Century England, where the rhyme read, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe.”
The exact meaning behind each sentiment isn’t perfectly clear, but there are some popular theories. Let’s take a look at each, and some examples of how it may be fulfilled on your wedding day.
This item would represent the ties to your past, or your roots. You always want to hold on to your past to stay grounded and not lose yourself in your new life partnership. Brides often fulfil the “something old” by wearing their mother’s dress, their grandmother’s veil, or a piece of antique jewelry.
This piece represents the hope in your future. The union of two individuals is the beginning of a beautiful life together. The optimism on the horizon is embodied in the something new. A new wedding gown, shoes, veil, necklace, or set of earrings can serve as the “something new.”
Your item borrowed from a happily married friend or relative is said to bring good luck to your marriage, and is also thought to bless you in fertility. It could be a necklace, earrings, a bracelet, or an elegant hair clip.
The color blue is to bring love, purity, and fidelity to the union. Many garters sold at bridal shops are light blue. You could also have blue stones in your bridal jewelry.
The sixpence, or the penny in the shoe in modern times, is to bring prosperity to the couple. Don’t forget to tuck a coin into the bottom of bridal footwear (and choose shoes that are pretty, but also chosen for comfort, to last from the ceremony through the reception)!
Whatever traditions you decide to include in your special day, Solvang Antiques is here to help, and wish you well as you embark on your life together.