Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue

As an upcoming bride you’ve probably heard about needing “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” for your wedding day.

It’s a wedding tradition that seems to stand the test of time, dating back to the late 1800s as a romantic English rhyme, and ending with a “silver sixpence in your shoe”. But what is the meaning behind it all and how can you incorporate these old age customs into your wedding?

Well, we’re here to show you!

Of course, this is not mandatory, but they’re usually viewed as small tokens or signs of love and appreciation to honour the past, present and future in a fun, creative way.

Something Old

In the past, a bride would be given an old object to help ward off the Evil Eye given by suitors who wish her any ill will. This would also act as a lucky charm to protect any children the couple may have in the future.

Nowadays, it represents continuity and sentimentality when receiving items belonging to older relatives or parents. This can range from a pair of earrings, a bracelet, or even a ribbon from your mother’s wedding dress.

For the groom, this can be their father’s tie, or a pair of bespoke cufflinks to add a hint of history to your style.

Something New

Obviously, the wedding is the beginning of a new chapter for a bride and groom, and by wearing “something new” couples are stepping into married life with newfound sense of optimism.

This can be anything from an embroidered handkerchief with your initials on, a new veil, tiara, or for guys a swanky new pair of shoes or watch which is usually presented on the morning of the wedding day.

Something Borrowed

By borrowing something from a female friend or family member, particularly the undergarments like a garter, good luck is then passed onto the bride for a happy and healthy marriage.

Today, wearing or carrying “something borrowed” is meant to bring you and your family closer together and feel supported throughout the rest of your marriage.

Something Blue

Finally, the colour blue is aimed to confuse that pesky Evil Eye from disrupting a bride’s fertility as a symbol of love, fidelity, and purity.

Even the Duchess of Sussex Megan Markle kept this tradition alive by sewing a part of her blue dress from their very first date into her wedding dress – doesn’t get any more romantic than that!

You can add an element of blue in your nail polish, flower bouquet, sapphire jewellery, or make it as part of your wedding colour scheme.


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