It is an old saying, but it is a something that you hear a lot. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Not may people are familiar with the rest of the saying, which goes – “and a sliver sixpence in her shoe”.
There are a lot of varying beliefs as to what these items are meant to represent. Not too mention that there are a huge range of things that you can have for these little traditions, whether they be things that you do or get yourself, or that someone close to the bride would like to give her. Some people believe that if the bride carries all these things on her wedding day her marriage will be a happy one.
Something old – this symbolises the brides past and the brides family.
Something old could be so many different things, you could opt for jewellery, or something that one of your parents or grandparents had with them on their wedding day! Check out my blog, accessories with special meanings for other ideas similar to this.
Something new – represents optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead.
This is a great way to have something you want on your special day, it is not a tough one to do , something new could be your wedding dress, some expensive lingerie that you would never normally buy, or anything from your earrings to shoes or flowers that you carry with you on the day.
Something borrowed – is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
This could be a way to include someone in your wedding that you would like have do something special but are unable to have the in your bridal party. If for some reason they cannot be at your wedding, it is also a great way to wear something that you have had your eye on that belongs to your friend, sister or your mum, and be sure to have some great photos of yourself wearing it. Alternatively, this can be a great way to include people that are special to you that have passed away. Check out my blog post about selecting and honouring people in your wedding to read more about it.
Something blue – apparently the colour blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. Brides wore blue to symbolise love, modesty, fidelity and purity. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular colour for wedding dresses.
There are a lot of things that can be blue, a lot of people have blue on their garter, but there are so many more things that can be done, you can have yours and your husband to be’s names sewn into the hem or some part of your wedding dress in blue thread. Another option is to have something blue in your jewellery, in your headpiece or you could choose some great blue underwear. Some brides are opting to wear blue shoes now too.
A silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe was to represent wealth and financial security. Personally to me it sounds quite uncomfortable. You might find a relative has an old sixpence, but if you are really desperate to have one, you can buy them off ebay.
Do you have a tradition or something old, new , borrowed or blue that you used or are using in a wedding?