Something Old, Something New…

June 11th, 2012

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe.”

What exactly does this traditional wedding saying actually mean?

This well known little rhyme originated during Victorian times and is still commonly practiced for good luck. Traditionally, the “old” would have been the garter of a happily married woman, with the thought being that her good fortune would be passed down along with it. The “new” stood for the couple’s new bright and happy future together. “Something borrowed” was usually a much-valued item from the bride’s family. It symbolized prosperity within the new union, but would bring that good fortune only if it was returned to the family. “Something blue” came from an ancient tradition in which the bride would wear a blue ribbon in her hair as a symbol for fidelity. Placing a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe was to ensure wealth in the couple’s life. Today brides often slip a penny inside their shoe before the ceremony in place of the difficult to acquire silver sixpence. As such, the rhyme is often adapted to “…And a lucky penny in your shoe”.

Regardless of where in the world you choose to be married most brides today feel it still has great significance and follow the tradition that this little rhyme is so famous for!