Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

A Guide To

Something Old, Something New,
Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Brides wearing jewelry and embellished dresses.

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!” Chances are you’ll hear this familiar rhyme a few times over the course of wedding planning. But what does it even mean, and do you need to incorporate the items it suggests during your wedding day? We’ve delved into the history of this rhyme and its meaning, as well as some ideas for how you can integrate each element into your special day!

History & Meaning

This easy-to-remember rhyme originated in nineteenth-century England as a limerick that would bring good luck to a new bride. Over the years, it’s transitioned from a Victorian-era superstition to a lighthearted ritual you can choose to incorporate into your own wedding. Each part of the rhyme represents an object (one object can represent multiple parts!) and these objects can be incorporated in lots of creative ways.

Choose Your “Somethings”

Something Old
The beginning of the rhyme represents continuity and honors the past; you might choose to wear family heirloom jewelry or sew a piece of your mom’s wedding dress into your own. Historically, including an heirloom or vintage item was thought to protect any future children and ward off evil spirits from your marriage. The “something old” is also a way to infuse the ceremony with family traditions and forge a link between the past and the present.

Something New
Since you’re likely buying a few new things, like your wedding dress, shoes or accessories, this is a pretty easy one to tick off your list. Your “something new” represents optimism for the future, since you and your partner are starting a new chapter of life together.

Something Borrowed
This part of the rhyme stems from the idea that “something borrowed” from a happily married couple brings good luck to a new bride. This item can be passed down from another bride, perhaps a piece of jewelry, a cover up, or a veil. If you’re not into wearing something used, borrow décor from a friend’s wedding day! A banner, a ring pillow—anything that they have saved from their day can be integrated into your wedding.

Something Blue
Blue is traditionally considered the color of loyalty and trust, so wearing or incorporating something blue into your wedding day symbolizes the strength of the bond between you and your partner. You might choose to include a subtle touch (i.e. deep blue earrings, a turquoise manicure, confetti, etc.) or a bright burst of color in your shoes, bridesmaid dresses, or floral arrangements. Fun fact: Meghan Markle had a piece of the blue dress she wore on her first date with Prince Harry sewn into the lining of her dress!

And a Sixpence in Her Shoe
This oft-forgotten ending to the original “something borrowed” rhyme comes from the tradition of hiding a British sixpence coin (roughly equivalent to 50 cents) in the bride’s shoe as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. If you can’t find a sixpence, a penny will do; Grace Kelly had a copper penny sewn into the arch of her right shoe for her 1956 wedding!

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