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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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You may have heard of this line, especially in wedding related rom-com movies! The Western custom of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ has become synonymous with a collection of these things that a bride puts together for her wedding day and is meant to bring her luck.

The origin of this sweet custom it is said dates back to the Victorian era and the entire phrase actually reads as –

‘Something old, something new

Something borrowed, something blue

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.’

Each line or item in this poem is said to represent certain things that will bring good luck and future happiness to the bride if she carries them on her wedding day and many brides follow this custom even today.

Something Old – Something old is a symbol of the bride’s connection to her past as a single woman and more importantly to her family. It is meant to represent continuity between her past and her current life and brides often wear or carry something old like family jewels, a handkerchief or even the wedding gown from family members like their mother or grandmother.

Something New – Something new symbolizes the luck and happiness a bride will carry over into her new life with her husband. It represents the hope for a good future in her married life.

Something Borrowed – This is normally an item the bride borrows from a friend or family member that is happily married. Something borrowed represents the marital bliss this happily married woman is lending the bride as she embarks into her new union. It is also to remind the bride that her family and friends will always be there for her if she ever needs help.

Something Blue – The colour blue has been associated with marriages for centuries in many cultures, since it is said to be a symbol of loyalty and faithfulness. The bride often wore blue as a symbol fidelity and love. It was also connected with purity since in Christianity the Virgin Mary was depicted wearing the colour blue. Nowadays brides prefer to carry or wear blue accents rather than wear an entirely blue wedding dress.

Lastly, the final line of the rhyme of a silver sixpence in the shoe represents financial security. A sixpence coin was kept in the bride’s shoe to bring her wealth in her new marriage. It is also said that it should be the left shoe for the best results! This custom may have originated in Scotland where the groom puts a silver coin under his foot for good luck.

What are the fun and interesting ways you can adopt these wedding traditions into your wedding wear?

Author: Candice | Posted on: May 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Posted under: Wedding Traditions | Bookmark the permalink | Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL

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