Growing up all girls knew when they got married they would need something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Most blindly follow this poem and obediently find all four items without knowledge of why. The most surprising fact is that the final item of the poem is often forgotten. The whole poem reads…”Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Sixpence?
The final line hints at where this tradition started…Britain. In Victorian times brides were instructed to wear these items to ensure happiness and prosperiety, and each piece represents a part of her life and was given to her by women in her life.
The “sixpence in her shoe” is pretty self explainatory. The bride was to wear a sixpence in her shoe to ensure a wealthy marriage. If you wear open toes, just step carefully so as not to loose it!
Something old represents the bride’s past and her family. It is a reminder of where she came from and childhood happiness. Typically something old is a heirloom piece of jewelry, a relatives veil, or a hankerchief tied around the flowers. Want your something old to be a modern take on a classic? Try leaving your wedding in a classic car, sew a piece of your mother’s dress into the hem of yours, or even wrap your flowers in your grandfather’s favorite tie. The possiblities are endless and use this as a sentemental opportunity.
Something new was given to the bride to ensure her good fortune in the future. A relative or close friend with a happy marriage traditionally gave this gift to pass on their good luck to the new couple. These days a bride’s something new is usually her dress, veil, or shoes. This is the easiest role to fill.
Something borrowed was to remind the bride that her family and friends will always be there to help her. A reminder for her to not forget those that loved her in the past. This superstition is also filled with jewelry or veil. A couple ideas for this is a best friends wedding day pearls, your sisters favorite pair of shoes, or your mom’s ring.
Something blue stems from the concept of purity, faithfulness, and loyalty. In Roman times brides wore blue to symbolize purity and the virgin Mary is typlically shown in blue robes. Incorporating blue is surprisingly easy; a garter, a sapphire, undergarments, shoes or a blue flower in your boquet.
This is a silly superstition, but one that is truly a part of being a bride. Embrace the poem and have fun with you something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and the sixpence in your shoe!