Thursday, May 21, 2009

Something OLD, Something NEW
Something BORROWED, Something BLUE
And a silver sixpence in her shoe

Have you ever heard of this poem? It sounds like a tradition for the ancient time? Yes, it is. This is a good luck charm for brides which dated back to the Victorian Era.

This is very meaningful. Each carries a very special meaning and represent good luck for the bride. Therefore, many brides will ensure they have something of each on their wedding outfits and believed that they will have a happy marriage life =)

Let's start with "Something OLD".
It symbolizes the continuity with the bride's family and the past. It represents the link with the bride's family and the past, particularly her mother or grandmother or distant relations. To carry out this tradition, bride may choose to wear a piece of jewelry which belonged to the family. Alternatively, she may choose to wear her mother's or grandmother's wedding gown. Others may include a piece of lace, a handkerchief, a scarf, or an antique watch.

"Something NEW"
It symbolizes optimism and hope for the bride's new marriage life ahead. It represents good luck and success for a bright future in her new married life. Getting a new item (such as new gown, wedding rings, house furniture, etc.) on her wedding day conveys the message that she and her husband are going to create their own family that will be everlasting.

"Something BORROWED"
It represents the value of sharing and as a reminder for the bride that her family and friends will always be there for her, not only on her special day but in the future as well. "Something borrowed" is usually item borrowed from a happily married family member or friend; it symbolized as lending the bride some of her own marital happiness. (That's sweet...showing off the good friendship between two human beings.) To incorporate this tradition into her wedding day, she may borrow a piece of jewelry from a close family member or friend who has worn the same jewelry since she met her girl friend.

"Something BLUE"
It symbolizes love, faithfulness, modesty and loyalty. Favorite quote from 19th century, "Marry in blue, lover be true." To include blue item into the wedding day, the bride may choose to put a blue sash on her wedding gown. Whereas, the groom may choose to wear a blue vest in order to pair up with his bride. Other ways to put on something blue may include a blue bouquet, blue boutonniere, or even a blue wedding theme!

Last but not least, "A silver sixpence in her shoe".
It symbolizes wealth and financial guarantee for the bride. This tradition dates back to Scottish custom by having the groom to put a silver coin in his left shoe for good luck. In modern times, a dime or a penny has been used as a substitute to the sixpence.

Source:, Ask Yahoo!

Happy Planning!


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