Traditions

Something Old, Something New...

          We have all heard the familiar the rhyme ... associated with wedding traditions... "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe!" This good luck saying dates back to Victorian times and many brides try to arrange their wedding attire accordingly. Something Old represents the link with the bride’s family and the past. Many brides still follow this age old tradition, but what does it mean? And why the color blue? Here are the answers...

Something Old... Represents a sense of continuity, tradition, and represents the link to the bride's old life and her family. Many brides would wear their mother's wedding gown or family jewelry. Jewelry handed down to the bride from her mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, etc.... A jeweled hair accessory handed down to the bride... A lace handkerchief handed down... A veil worn by the brides mother or grandmother.

Something New... Symbolizes hope for the future. The bridal gown can be used here, if it is purchased new, or any other new item purchased as part of the bridal attire. A gift of jewelry given by the groom, or from the brides family... A gift of jewelry from the brides attendants...

Something Borrowed... The idea is to borrow something from a friend who is happily married. Their happiness wears off on you to bring you happiness also! Brides can borrow jewelry or a special handkerchief from a family member or close friend, for example: heirloom jewelry, an ornamental money purse for collecting gifts of money, borrowed from one of the brides relatives, or a long slip or crinoline borrowed from a family member.

Something Blue... Signifies fidelity, purity and love. This is why you see so many garters with blue ribbon or detailing! Light blue flowers worn in your hair, blue trim on the handkerchief or slip, blue undergarments...

A Silver sixpence in your shoe... Signifies wealth, both financial wealth and a wealth of happiness and joy. If a sixpence is not available for your shoe, add an American penny from your birth year for good luck.