Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. The age old superstition that brides have been abiding by for centuries is still upheld even today. Brides hunt down an item for each line of this ancient rhyme, and by keeping this superstition, they believe they will receive good luck and fortune in their marriage to come. Like many superstitions, they change over the course of time. Brides in today’s world are taking these words to the next level, and even creating a twist to their something blue.
The actual rhyme goes as followed; Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe. The last line, a bit dated is not usually remembered. A sixpence was a coin minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967 made of silver and worth 6 pennies. The coin was to ensure good fortune and prosperity. Those who choose to include the last line, sometimes substitute a dime for the coin.
In order to know how the superstition has changed, it is important to know where it started. The exact origin of this rhyme is hard to trace but it is known to be dated back to the Victorian period. The words were found in 1894 by an anonymous author published in the Pennsylvania The Warren Ledger.
What exactly do bride’s gather all these items for? Many do not actually know the meanings behind the age old rhyme.
Something old: The something old symbolizes the continuity of the bride’s old life to her new one. The item is traditionally given to the bride by her mother or grandmother whether it be an old handkerchief or a piece of jewelry.
Something new: The something new symbolizes hope and optimism for the happy couple’s future. It was said that during the 17th century, shoe were the most expensive item of clothing and most could not afford them. Getting shoes would have been a precious gift to most brides back then. Many bride’s today choose their wedding shoes as their “something new.”
Something borrowed: Some say the something borrowed should come from a happily married couple and given to the new bride and groom. This ensures that their happiness will be transferred to the new couple. Sources also say that the something borrowed also signifies that a bride can always count on her family and/or friends in her life. The “something borrowed” could be anything from jewelry, a mother’s wedding dress, or grandmother’s pearls.
Something blue: The color blue in relation to weddings symbolizes fidelity, faithfulness, purity, among others. Dating back to biblical times when blue symbolized these things, bride’s often wore blue ribbons in their hair or blue garter belts underneath their dress.
The something blue does not have to be the typical garter belt or ribbon of color on the dress. Think outside the box! Weddings are unique to the couple so why not add some shock factor. Think bright blue pumps adorned with crystals. When dressed in a beautiful, flowing white gown, be unique and add a pop of bright blue to your feet! If heels might put a damper on dancing the night away, slip into flats in a beautiful shade of blue instead. An interesting trend to consider when choosing something blue is nailpolish. A french manicure is safe, overused and expected! Choose a favorite shade of blue and maybe add glitter for the finish. Another idea is a blue french manicure; blue with a white stripe. For the more daring bride, add a touch of blue…to your hair. Yes, a bit more shocking but what a way to wow the guests than with something unexpected? Another idea for a bride on her wedding day is quite simple; blue jewelry. Just one piece of beautiful blue jewelry will stand out among all the white. It doesn’t have to be a 10 ct diamond necklace to make a statement. The sparkle could even be added to the headpiece whether it is interwoven into the veil or part of the tiara.