“Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Blue” Tradition Explained
Updated: Aug 14
Sometimes traditions fade, sometimes you make new traditions, and sometimes they carry on for decades. One of the oldest wedding traditions still practiced today is giving the bride something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue! But where did this originate?
The original rhyme is as follows: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.” According to Danversport Weddings, the rhyme symbolized luck for a bride on her wedding day and it originated in England during the Victorian Era. This rhyme describes all the items a bride should have on her wedding day.
This represents a tie to the past. Usually the bride is gifted a family heirloom, a vintage locket with a photo inside, or maybe a handkerchief passed down through generations. You can also use this item to honor a loved one who passed.
This represents the future and the bride’s new journey with her husband-to-be and whatever life may have in store for them. This item is a bit easier to gift because it can be anything the bride doesn’t already have for her wedding day; earrings, a pair of shoes, even the wedding gown itself counts!
This item is usually borrowed from someone important in the bride's life, typically someone who is happily married. The purpose of this is to transfer some of the love and happiness of the marriage to the new couple and wish them luck. Common items are jewelry, a veil, or a garter - if you’re looking for a less traditional route you can borrow a first dance song from someone you love.
The color blue stands for purity, fidelity, and love while also keeping away all evil. The bride can have fun with this one whether it be a piece of jewelry, blue shoes, decor, bouquet, bridal robe, etc. There are endless options to have a splash of blue on your day!
Sixpence in her Shoe
A sixpence was a coin in Victorian England. The coin is not made anymore so often this part of the rhyme gets left out, but some brides still try to hunt one down to bring wealth and prosperity to the new marriage.
Traditions get worn out over time and are often forgotten about, but this is a wedding tradition I believe is here to stay!