Old, New, Borrowed and Blue – Origins and Meanings of This Familiar Rhyme

Lucky Sixpence in the Bride's Shoe
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”

We all know that singsong rhyme but may not know where it came from or what it means. Most brides just buy a blue garter and hope that covers it.

But the traditions surrounding it are quite charming.

The something old is usually covered by the bride choosing a piece of jewelry or other accessory to represent the chain of happiness flowing from one generation to another. When a bride uses her mother’s wedding gown or other family heirloom she is recognizing that this item symbolizes the ties between generations of family.

The something new is the marriage itself. It is symbolized by wearing something new (a new wedding gown or new earrings for example) that helps bring good fortune and success to this new union.

The something borrowed is usually on loan from a married friend or family member to help bring happiness to the new bride. The something borrowed item can be a piece of wedding attire (like a veil), jewelry, or even a handkerchief or family bible.

The something blue belongs to a tradition which dates back to biblical times when blue stood for purity and fidelity.

The English addition of the phrase “and a sixpence in your shoe,” is a favorite. If a bride places a coin in her left shoe, it is said to ensure wealth and that she will always have money.

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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