Something Old, Something New

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. It's a tradition every bride has heard of, but where did it come from?

It's becoming less common to include any of the elements at all, but it is still a fun and harmless tradition to include in your day if you want to. 

Something Old

This tradition was set to form a link between the bride and her family representing continuity. Most of the time, brides will wear family heirloom jewelry, print photos and attach them to their bouquet, or wear a veil that has been passed down.

Something New

Wearing something new was said to bring good luck and success to the bride and groom’s future. There are so many options to fill this saying. Your gown, shoes, or jewelry fill the requirement to a tee.

Something Borrowed

Wearing something that has been used by someone else holds the idea of admiration for previously married couple, looking up to them for guidance in your own union. Borrow accessories, lace, handkerchiefs, or do something unique like using your grandfather’s tie to wrap your flowers to fill this tradition.

Something Blue

This tradition dates back to biblical times when blue stood for purity, love and fidelity. In these days, it was common for the entire wedding dress to be blue. Today, brides are getting creative! Add your wedding date in the hem of your gown in blue thread, a blue garter, or even blue touches in your bouquet. This isn't something that has to be big or noticeable, just a small touch is all it takes.

And a Sixpence in her Shoe!

While most of us have heard the first part, this last line is usually left off. It comes from the tradition of a dowery given to the groom, it's no wonder it's fallen out of use. Over time it has evolved to be more of a good luck charm or a way to promise good fortune to the new couple. Traditionally you place a sixpence in your left shoe, but you can also incorporate the defunct British coin in other ways like cufflinks for the groom or using a sixpence as a necklace.