Something Old … Something New?

20 Apr

Something Borrowed... The bride had her mother's wedding gown remade into her rehearsal dinner dress!

Something Old ... A charm given by a family member - this could also be something new... people wouldn't know the difference!

“Something old,

something new,

something borrowed,

something blue,

and a sixpence in her shoe.”

Dating back possibly to the Victorian era, this little rhyme has been in the mind of probably every bride (especially if you saw that episode of Friends).  Each item is presented to the bride and she is supposed to carry it with her on her wedding day to bring good luck to the marriage.  If you’re curious as to the meaning of each, take a look below.

Something old... such as a handkerchief given by the mother or grandmother... carried by the bride!

~   Something old represents the bride’s connection to her past and her family.

~   Something new symbolizes optimism for her new life and the marriage ahead.

~   Something borrowed is usually provided from a happily married friend or member of her family as well as symbolizing the borrowed luck from this happy marriage into her new life.

Something Blue

~   Something blue has forever been a symbol of love, purity and modesty and has been associated with wedding because of this.

~ A sixpence in her shoe represents the wealthy and financial security for the marriage.  The sixpence was made of silver and worth six pennies.  The bride would carry it in her left shoe on the wedding day for luck. (You can even find some companies still selling sixpences for weddings!)


One Response to “Something Old … Something New?”


  1. Adding the Rhyme to Your Wedding « Meagan Warren Weddings - May 1, 2012

    […] that we’ve discussed where this timeless tradition comes from, here are a few ways to incorporate each into your […]

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