Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Something Old and Something New

January 10, 2014 at 8:14 am Leave a comment

blog picEnjoy the cherished wedding tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed and something new.” Originating from an Old English rhyme, the complete version contains: “Something olde, something new, something borrowed and something new and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” What it means is, if the bride wears a token representing each verse, she will bring luck to her marriage. Read on to learn more about  the folkloric custom of  “something old, something new, something borrowed and something new.”

Something Old

By wearing “something old” this signifies the connection and union of both families with the past. When choosing something old, look for an item from your ancestry such as a family heirloom or fond memento. The most common “something old” is jewelry and may include such things as your great-grandmother’s locket, a mother’s ring or charm bracelet. However, there are no requirements that the “something old” must be jewelry. Other options may include lace handkerchiefs, prayer books, bibles, antique hair accessories or a photo tucked away in your bouquet.

Something New

Your “something new” item serves as a symbol of hope, optimism and a wish for all good things in the future for your marriage. This one might be the easiest to choose as your “something new” can be your wedding gown, veil or shoes. Create a family heirloom; go shopping for a new piece of jewelry to wear on your wedding day as your “something new” and then when the time comes, pass it along to future generations.

Something Borrowed

Tradition dictates that the “something borrowed” item should originate from someone who is happily married with the meaning that they are sharing some of their marital happiness with you and your soon-to-be-spouse.

The something borrowed” item also functions as a reminder that the bride may always count on the help of family and friends. “Something borrowed” includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets and even wedding gowns. After the wedding, tradition dictates the “something borrowed” must be returned to its original owner.

Something Blue

For many centuries, the color blue has been associated with weddings from the ancient Romans to modern Christianity associations of the Virgin Mary. The color blue is thought to denote qualities of love, faithfulness and humility.

Until the 19th century, the saying “Marry in blue, always be true” was the bespoken rule and blue was the preferred wedding gown color. In modern times, brides often choose to have a little fun with their “something blue” such as painting their toe nails with blue polish, sporting a blue garter or wearing blue lingerie

Another contemporary custom, is to hide your “something blue” inside your bouquet or wear a blue flower as part of your bridal hairstyle

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