Featured Bride, Alaura K. Wedding Location:
Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas | Wedding Date:
September 8, 2012 Every bride knows the traditional wedding saying:
Something old, something new Something borrowed, something blue And a silver sixpence in her shoe
I was curious about how this wedding tradition started and the meaning behind it. What I found was very interesting, so I thought I’d pass it on to other curious brides. Below is a brief wedding history lesson on this wedding tradition.
Every wondered what’s behind that wedding tradition? Find out now! Something old
is meant to represent the bride’s past and to link it with her future. It is an item that will represent the connection between the bride’s family of origin and the establishment of her new family. Therefore, it’s often something that’s passed down from a family member to the bride, such as jewelry or handkerchiefs; a family member’s dress or veil; or another piece of their wardrobe. Something new
symbolizes optimism, new life, and hope for the future. Brides have an easy time with this part of the saying because it usually ends up being their ring, dress, or flowers. Something borrowed
signifies carrying over the happiness from a past bride or couple. It’s meant to bring the engaged couple luck and inspiration on their wedding day. Items that are often used include jewelry, a cake cutting set, or garter. Something blue
stands for love, modesty, fidelity, good luck, purity, and loyalty to one another. Most brides include this in their wedding wardrobe, with their jewelry, underwear, shoes, or even a piece of fabric sewn into the dress. Other brides add it to their flowers, bridesmaid dresses, or even on the cake. Silver sixpence
is the part of the tradition that usually isn’t practiced. A silver sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. This tradition is meant to represent luck, wealth, and financial security for the couple. You can use a lucky sixpence for your shoe
or substitute a lucky penny.
How to personalize wedding traditions:
This tradition intrigued me, so I wanted these items to be meaningful and unique. After much thought, I’ve decided to have my great-grandma’s rosary wrapped around my bouquet be my “something old.” My “something new” will be jewelry from my parents. “Something borrowed” is going to be the crown I’m wearing under my veil. Finally, my “something blue” is the writing on the soles of my shoes. My mother wrote, “As you step forward in your life remember the ladies that will always be there for you,” and then all of the special women in my life signed their names in blue. It was so meaningful to me! I hope this post helped you chose something meaningful to you for each of these wedding traditions. For more on wedding history and wedding traditions, check out these posts: Fun Facts About the History of White Wedding Dresses The Wedding Day First Look: Would You or Wouldn’t You?