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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Sixpence in Her Shoe

June 28, 2013

Something Old

This tradition has several different meanings. Some believe this is a desire to remain connected with your family even after you established a family of your own. Others believe it represents the life you are leaving behind. Another idea is that the tradition of family values and the connection family brings is being passed down to you. They are all basically correct. The bride is leaving behind her past to start a new beginning, but not to forget where she has been. Some items you can use for the something old theme are: jewelry from your mother, grandmother or great-grandmother, an old wedding photo from your family, a love letter from your father to your mother, a picture of your parents, or an old handkerchief.

Something New

This tradition represents hope for the future. It conveys the message that you and your husband are creating a new union that will endure the test of time. Many brides choose their wedding gown, flowers or rings to symbolize the "something new" in this tradition.

Something Borrowed

There are several meanings behind borrowing an item from a friend or relative. Some believe that borrowing something is borrowing happiness from a happily married woman, so that their happiness will carry over to the new bride. Others believe it symbolizes the love you have for the person from whom you have borrowed the item from. If you borrow an item from your happily married grandmother or mother, you can fulfill both of these meanings. The borrowed item also signifies to the bride that she can always count on her friends and family for support. Items that can be used for the something borrowed theme could be: family jewelry, a prayer book from your mother or grandmother, strands of pearls, or something from your parent’s wedding.

Something Blue

The color blue has always been synonymous with weddings for centuries as a symbol of love, modesty, fidelity, good luck, purity and loyalty. Many brides incorporate this color into their wedding dress, by either wearing a sash around their waist, a blue stoned piece of jewelry or wearing a blue garter. To add a modern spin, you could use blue toe nail polish, blue eye shadow, a blue ribbon tied into your flowers, blue shoes! The possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination.


The Lucky Sixpence in Her Shoe

A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Great Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made  of silver and worth six cents. This wedding tradition can be traced back to  England, and believed to began sometime in the Victorian Era. Each  item in this poem represents a good luck token for the bride - if she  carries them, it is said the bride will have good fortune in her marriage.

A sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. For the best result, the sixpence should be worn in the left shoe. This tradition may date back to the Scottish tradition of the groom placing a silver coin in his shoe for good luck. Many companies sell keepsake sixpence pieces for weddings.


Brides have been honoring the something old, new borrowed, blue tradition for centuries. And, although these items are supposed to bring good luck to the bride, today's brides are following this tradition mostly to honor people close to them on their wedding day.



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