Something Old, New, Borrowed And Blue
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” You’ve heard this rhyme before, right? But do you know the meaning behind it? While abiding by the list certainly isn’t a requirement for a happy marriage in todays’ day and age; there are multiple fun and unique ways to honour this tradition if you so wish. Keep reading for ideas and inspiration!
“This rhyme originated in England during the Victorian Era and symbolised luck for a bride on her wedding day. Specifically, each “something” represents an item to be given to the lucky bride before she walks down the aisle.” – danversport.com
“Something old” represents a tie to the past. Modern brides will use this as a chance to wear a sentimental piece of jewellery or an item of clothing belonging to an older relative. Often the parents of the bride will give her an heirloom before the ceremony.
“Something new” stands for hope and optimism for the future. Don’t worry about searching far and wide for something new — it can be anything, like your wedding dress, veil, jewellery or your wedding shoes.
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“Something borrowed” would be from a happily married friend or relative believed to bring good luck for the union and even fertility. By borrowing something from a happily married friend or relative, the bride, and therefore the couple, ensures a little of their good fortune rubs off on them.
The color blue is believed to ward off the Evil Eye, and stands for love, purity, and fidelity. The traditional something blue is often a blue wedding garter worn beneath the bride’s white dress. But you don’t have to wear something blue to ward off wicked spirits. Add some blue clematis (Leather flower) into the bouquet, pick out a gorgeous pair of blue pumps, find a powder-blue bow tie or use blue ribbon to tie your wedding stationery together – because, why not?