Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue?

Throughout the world, custom and tradition have always been a big part of weddings. There is so much cultural significance and symbolism behind them, and it is a beautiful thing. Although a bit superstitious at times, many of these traditions have been around hundreds and hundreds of years, and reflect where the couple has come from and where they are going.

One of the more popular wedding customs in the United States is “Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue,” It is supposed to bring the new couple goodluck if all of these are worn by the bride on their wedding day. This tradition, which many believe originated in England in the late 1800’s, was first discovered in the form of a poem:

Something old, Something new,

Something borrowed, Something blue,

and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

Most of us have heard it before. Not completely sure what each item necessarily symbolizes though? We’ve got you covered.

Something Old: represents the deep bond between the bride, her family, and their past. It symbolizes continuity and is a testament to where she came from, and good luck for her and her groom in the future.

Some ideas for something old could be any family heirloom: a wedding dress, jewelry, hair pieces, or a handkercheif. A more unique approach to something old could be to pin pictures of lost loved ones on your bouquet or to put pictures in a locket around your neck.


Something New: symbolizes optimism and the hope for much success, happiness, and lots of love for the couple in this new chapter of their lives.

Something new usually comes in the form of a gift given to the bride by her loved ones on her wedding day. The bride may also decide to buy something for herself. Many people like to give new jewelry or something beautiful to adorn the brides hair. A bride may consider the dress, the shoes, the veil, etc. to be her something new.


My beautiful friend, Meri, bought her own sparkling headpiece for her something new.


While my gorgeous friend, Cassie, received her flowing veil as her something new from her aunt.

Something Borrowed: represents the love and support from family and friends when times get tough. It is generally something given to the bride from a happily married family member. The good luck in his or her marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride and groom in the form of “Borrowed Happiness”.

Sometimes a something borrowed item will be from a past wedding day. Some ideas might be the veil, a piece of fabric from a wedding dress you could sew into your dress, cufflinks that could be sewn onto the bouquet, borrowed jewelry, makeup, or perfume.

somethingborrowed1Something Blue: stands for purity, love, and faithfulness . In the past, blue was often worn by brides because it had a very virginal quality (think: Blessed Mother).

Something Blue can sometimes be the most fun of these customs to do because you can get very creative with it. Some ideas could be incorporating blue into your dress, hair, garterbelt, nailpolish, shoes, etc. Embroider your new initials or your wedding date on the inside of your wedding dress with blue thread, write on the bottom of your shoes “I DO” in blue marker or rhinestones, or put on some tasteful but sexy panties with blue in them. There are so many unique options.


Finally, a silver sixpence in her shoe: This is supposed to bring success and prosperity for the new couple. Many brides in the United States don’t do this, but in England it is more customary. However U.S. brides, I say, take all the good luck you can get! If you can find a sixpence, that is great, but any small coin would do the trick. Double the luck if you stick the coin in your left shoe.


Want a sixpence but not sure where to get one? You can buy one from: www.silversixpence.com

So there you have it. A breakdown of one of the many customs we incorporate into our weddings today. We hope we were able to shed some light on the subject, and to give you a few good ideas as well. Be creative with it, and let it bring you some good luck in your future!

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