Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. This famous wedding saying is said to have dated back to the Victorian era in England with each line of the poem featuring a good fortune for the bride. As the theory goes, if the bride wears each of these on her wedding day, the marriage will be long and happy- so whether you believe in superstition or not, it can't hurt to include these elements in your wedding day attire! Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking:

Something Old
This represents the brides past and her family life before embarking on her marriage.
  • Your mother or grandmother's wedding gown or veil
  • If you aren't wearing a vintage dress, take a piece of the old dress and work it into the stem of your bouquet
  • Antique jewelry from a woman in your family
  • A family engagement ring or wedding band
  • Your parents cake topper

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Something New
This signifies the new life that the bride will lead and shows hope for her future with her new husband.
  • Your DRESS!
  • Gown accessories like your veil, a tiara, gloves, or a new purse
  • Spoil yourself with new jewelry
  • How about some new lingerie?
  • Personalized toasting flutes

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Something Borrowed
Most often a borrowed item should come from a married family member, so the luck of a happy marriage can be given to the new bride and groom.
  • Your mother or grandmother's pearl bracelet, necklace, or earrings
  • A family member or friends wedding dress
  • A brooch to put on your bouquet 
  • A reception location
  • A cake knife from a family wedding

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Something Blue
The color blue, signifying fidelity and purity, has long been a part of the marriage tradition dating back to early Roman civilization. There was even a time when many wedding dresses before the late 19th century were actually blue.
  • Blue shoes!
  • Blue flowers (hydrangeas)
  • A blue garter or lingerie
  • A blue handkerchief
  • A blue ring
  • A blue "I DO" at the bottom of your shoe

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And don't forget the sixpence in your shoe...

Silver Sixpence
The sixpence, an old silver British coin, gives financial fortune and prosperity to the bride and groom, so don't forget to put a penny in your shoe before walking down the aisle. If you want to stay as accurate as possible, you can even order a keepsake sixpence online!
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