We all know the old English wedding tradition: "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue...a silver sixpence in her shoe!" What some may not know is that this catchy wedding rhyme is used by couples on their wedding day to represent important parts of their past and their future together. Therefore, many brides will try and incorporate all or part of this tradition within their wedding day. Below, The Wedding Outlet has listed the meaning behind each part of the phrase along with some helpful tips and ideas on ways to include this tradition within your own wedding day.
Something Old: Continuity
This represents the link with the bride's family and the past. You can choose to wear a piece of your mother's or grandmothers wedding gown or perhaps a piece of their antique jewelry.
Something New: Optimism and hope
This represents good fortune and much success in the bride's new life. Often the wedding gown is chosen as the new item. If you're wearing your mother's gown, your shoes could be the new item! Or give yourself a good excuse to buy yourself a nice piece of jewelry.
Something Borrowed: Happiness shared from happily married couples
A reminder to the bride that her family and friends will be there for her when help is needed. Choose something that belongs to a loved one. You can borrow your sister's veil or her earrings. Consider borrowing your grandmother's lace handkerchief.
Something Blue: Fidelity, love and purity
This represents faithfulness and loyalty. Most brides choose a blue garter. Think off beat and paint your toenails blue. Glam up with sapphire earrings or wrap yourself with a blue pashmina or shawl. Get creative and have fun with your something blue.
A Silver Sixpence in her Shoe: Life of fortune
Make sure you put that sixpence in your shoe for good luck.