Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

This tradition goes back to the “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe” wedding superstition first referred to in an 1871 issue of St. James Magazine, from Lancastershire, England. Therefore, relatives and close friends would give the bride small tokens of their affection to wear or carry with her on her special day.

Also, the items were presented just before the wedding began and were not wedding gifts.  Consequently, these mementos reminded the bride that she has family and friends that care about her and support her decision to marry.

As a result, this wedding superstition was once thought to not only give the Bride good luck on her wedding day, but also help to guarantee fertility and prosperity.

Something Old

Something old was usually a token carried by another bride at a previous wedding who has had good luck or a successful and happy marriage. This gift is about sending the previous bride’s good luck and fortune on to the present one.

Something New

Something new is supposed to impart good luck to the bride giving her hope and confidence for the future.  Generally, the “something new” is a gift from the groom or one of the bride’s family members. Maybe it’s a new necklace that perfectly matches your wedding dress. Or something simple like a bunch of pretty hankies and tuck one into your dress or bouquet.

Something Borrowed

Something borrowed is said to represent happiness that is imparted to the bride from her family and friends. Consequently, any happiness that they have experienced they offer to loan to the bride while she makes her own happy memories.

Something Blue

Something blue is given with the hope that the bride’s marriage will be filled with an honest and pure love, as well as fidelity.

A Sixpence in your Shoe

A Sixpence (Coin) In Your Shoe is said to impart a financial blessing on the marriage.

All in all, a bride who wears those five items has the ingredients for a long and successful marriage …. or so the wedding superstition goes.


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