Everyone has heard of the phrase ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (and a silver six pence in her shoe)’, but where did it derive from and what does it mean? Here’s a quick ‘thesaurus’ of these meanings and also ideas for collaborating this into your big day!
Something old – This represents the continuity with the bride’s family. Wearing something old on your wedding day enhances the personal effect, and you can be as creative as your mind allows. You could wear your Mum’s wedding dress (maybe slightly updated), or your Grandmother’s ring. How lovely to wear something that your family member wore on their special day all those years ago!
Something new – This looks forward with optimism for your future together. Wearing something new is not going to be a difficult on the biggest day of your life. A new dress, new shoes, hmm what to choose!
Something borrowed – The tradition behind something borrowed is a sign of having family or friends that you can rely on, that they will always be there for you throughout your life. Borrowing an item for your wedding day allows their good fortune to carry on and bring you luck in your new adventure together as it has your friend or family member.
Something blue – In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolise love, modesty, and fidelity. The Virgin Mary has been dressed in blue, so purity was associated with the colour. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular colour for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true”. There are many unique ideas on how to represent this on your wedding day – a blue garter is the most popular (subtle and personal), or you could have blue diamante ‘I Do’ underneath your shoe, blue sapphire earrings or a blue headpiece.
Silver six pence in her shoe – Yes… could be uncomfortable for the whole day however if you do choose to wear a silver coin in your shoe it resembles wealth and financial security throughout your marriage!
These phrases are becoming more popular amongst Bride and Grooms and with so many ways of incorporating this into your day you can be as unique and personal as you wish. Get your creative heads on and think of a way to incorporate this into your day which suit you!