Everyone has heard of the “Something old, something new…etc” bridal tradition, but do you know where it comes from?
This tradition actually comes from an Old English rhyme:
Something Olde, Something New,
Something Borrowed, Something Blue,
A Sixpence in your Shoe
and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are just meant to be good luck charms.
Per the poem, the bride must collects the five objects herself or from friends and family.
These are pieces of good luck and often times heirlooms or family treasures handed down in a right of passage. In order to get the good fortune she must where them on the day of her wedding.
Oh, those nutty Victorians!
Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, although this remains largely a British custom. Sixpences are silver coins used in the 17th-20th century in both England and Maryland. For the most part, the “sixpence” line has pretty much fallen by the wayside.
We’ve actually got a brand new item that ties in nicely with this age-old tradition.
The “Something Old, Something New, Something Blue Necklace” has the Brides monogrammed initials on the back to represent ‘something old’, her new initials on the front of the necklace for ‘something new’, and a blue gemstone for the ‘something blue’ part.
She would just have to borrow something to complete the tradition.
And maybe put a quarter in her shoe 😉