“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe…”it first appeared in print in 1883. American brides often leave off the last part of the saying, gathering only the first four items.
Who does that?! When you’re packing for your destination wedding in Italy, that little tradition can be the last thing on your mind… but it’s too fun and too cute to leave it out!
How to incorporate some traditions in your wedding
Lot of times THE dress is the “something new” but what about the others?!?!?Jessica D. said us “I thought to borrow a vintage blue ring from my Grandma for my somethings old, borrowed and blue. And a sixpence?! I definitely did not have one of those. It worked out just fine, but I really wish I had put more thought into those details! “
By the way, have you ever heard the meaning behind this tradition? Each item is supposed to bring luck to the bride, and many brides even wore a sixpence in her shoe for extra luck! Here is what each item represents, according to the The Knot: “Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.”
If you’re looking for some ideas – whether classic or unique – for this tradition, here are some of our favourites!
TRADITIONS IN YOUR WEDDING – SOMETHING OLD
Symbolizes the bride’s family, her past, and tradition. The vintage trend is here to stay so there are plenty of ways to incorporate something old.
Classic: A family heirloom, like your mother’s pearls, or earrings, or a brooch that’s been passed down through the generations
Unique: A vintage dress (maybe your mother’s wedding dress), veil or other accessories, or a photo of a loved one who’s passed away in a locket on your bouquet. An old family Bible with the rings tied on top
TRADITIONS IN YOUR WEDDING – SOMETHING NEW
It is a symbol for a bride’s new life ahead of her. You may choose to designate your dress as your something new like many brides before you or you may receive a gift the morning of the wedding from your husband-to-be.
Classic: A gorgeous bridal gown or fancy accessories or new lingerie hid under your dress
Unique: A once-in-a-lifetime pair of shoes, or something monogrammed to show off your new initials. A new perfume was chosen especially for the day, new makeup with a (new) signature-shade lipstick, a new haircut!
TRADITIONS IN YOUR WEDDING – SOMETHING BORROWED
It’s traditionally loaned from another happy bride, and it symbolizes happiness.
Classic: A beautiful piece of jewelry from someone close to you, like your aunt’s super expensive fur stole that you’ve always wanted to wear, or family member’s prettiest wedding details, like a cake knife or cake topper
Unique: A handkerchief or piece of lace from your grandmother’s wedding dress to wrap around your bouquet, or a fabulous vintage clutch. Keep in mind that you can RENT an important piece! Flowers borrowed from a family member’s garden for inclusion in the bouquet
TRADITIONS IN YOUR WEDDING – SOMETHING BLUE
Simbolized fidelity, purity, and love. For Christian brides, it is also a symbol of the Virgin Mary.
Classic: A blue piece of clothing from someone special sewn into your dress, or Bright blue heels or blue-bottomed flats
Unique: Sapphire jewelry, Blue nail polish, “Something Blue” Perfume by Oscar De La Renta
TRADITIONS IN YOUR WEDDING – A SIX PENCE…
A sixpence in her shoe is a symbol of future prosperity and wealth. The sixpence is a British coin that was in use from 1551 to 1967. If you have a chance to purchase an antique coin, tape it to your sole for good luck.
Unique: You might prefer to use a coin from the year you met your future husband or from the year you were born.
What would your picks be? Or if you’re already married, what did you carry/wear for your somethings old, new, borrowed and blue?