There Is More To “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” Than Meets The Eye

One of the most well-known wedding traditions on the bride’s side is that of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

This is a particular favorite tradition when it comes to weddings, even for those brides who are not wholly engaged in the traditional type of wedding.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

This is a wedding tradition that a lot of brides still love to follow, but it is not a tradition that we are all that familiar with. 

In fact, this wedding tradition actually stems from a rhyme. Pretty random, right? This tradition actually derives from a 19th century English rhyme. This rhyme goes as follows:

Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue,

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

These five things were actually said to bring luck to the new couple, and they were also said to protect their future children. This rhyme can be broken down further, as each aspect has a strong meaning when it comes to weddings.

Something Old

Cast your mind back to the Victorian era. During this time, an old object would be gifted to the bride as a means of warding off any evil spirits. This old gift would frighten off the Evil Eye of past suitors who wished the bride ill.

This old gift would also act as a sort of talisman to guard and protect the bride’s unborn children. Something old also represents a sense of continuity, so in this case we are referring to the family through the generations and also love that lasts eternally.

Something New

We have to admit that this section of the rhyme is pretty self explanatory… “Something new” works to symbolise the bride’s new life as a married woman. This marks a fresh start and shines a positive light on the couple’s future.

Something Borrowed

Talking about the Victorian era again, this section of the rhyme refers to the borrowing of something from another happily married woman. This in turn ensures that the bride would be gifted with similar luck in her marriage.

For an extra granting of good fortune, the bride could consider borrowing an undergarment from a female friend or family member as this acts as a way of granting the bride with healthy children.

Nowadays, women still pass down a garter as a way to honor this custom – even without knowing the full meaning behind it.

Something Blue

This is actually another way of warding off that Evil Eye, as the color supposedly would confuse The Eye – and it also represents love and fidelity. Say goodbye to that malicious gaze!

What’s That About A Sixpence?!

This is a much less recognized tradition in the bridal sphere, but this old British coin would represent prosperity for the new couple. This would commonly be placed in the bride’s shoe by her father as his way of wishing her good luck and wealth in the years to come.

Brides can follow these traditions as exactly as they want to, ultimately a lot of brides put their own spin on these traditions just to give them a more personal touch.

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