A Wedding is suppose to be one of the most special days for a woman. All the love, all sparkle, and it’s all eyes on the Bride. But, it cant hurt to have a little extra luck on that day. Some may say that rain on the wedding day means good luck. While others just stick to the tradition of having “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”.
History of the Tradition
This tradition has been adapted from an Old English Rhyme: “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your shoe” This rhyme dates back to the 1800’s, and still sits in the hearts of many Brides today. These were tokens of love given from close friends or family members. But don’t worry, many Brides nowadays do make sure to incorporate these tokens into their wedding day traditions themselves .
Something old represents continuity. Many brides will carry a broach, clutch or necklace from one of their grandmothers or great grandmothers. Other brides may even wear the dress that her mother wore. But one thing is for sure, this part of the saying is held dear by many brides. Even if they don’t carry tokens of the rest of the rhyme, many brides will carry a little token or old photograph of a love one who may have recently passed.
Something new represents optimism for the future. For many Brides, their wedding gown can fulfill this part of the tradition. For those brides who are wearing a bridal gown passed down from a mother or grandmother, then their hair adornment, jewelry or shoes would fulfill this part of the saying.
Something borrowed represents borrowed happiness. One of the easiest ways to fulfill this part of the saying through the Brides wedding apparel; her shoes, or jewelry or even her purse. Or if the Bride is wanting to incorporate this part of the tradition into her Reception, borrowing a close relative or friends Champagne flutes adds a perfect touch.
Something blue represents purity, love, and fidelity. There are many ways of incorporating blue into a Brides wedding day. Some brides will sew a small piece of blue ribbon on the inside of their dress. Other Brides will paint one or all of their toe nails blue. Some may add a small blue flower into their bouquet. But one of the easiest ways to incorporate blue is with a Garter. The Eden Silk Tulle Garter is a perfect way to add a little blue into your wedding day tradition.
A Sixpence in Your Shoe
A Sixpence in your shoe is a symbol of wishes for good fortune and prosperity. With many women wearing open toe, or thin strapped shoes, this symbol is not typically practiced.
For those Brides to be, will you be incorporating this Old English Rhyme into your Wedding traditions?