Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue – and you may not be familiar with this one – a silver sixpence in your shoe.
We hear it all the time in our business. In the dressing room, as the bride makes the final adjustments to her jewelry and veil, some one will say “Something old, something new…..” To which the bride usually replies “Wait, do you have it?”
The saying comes from old England, where blue was once the standard color for wedding dresses. Some say that the sayings roots are in Scotland. It doesn’t matter so much where it comes from when you are standing in front of that mirror. The saying is for good luck in your marriage. And what bride doesn’t want a little extra luck in her new life?
Something old is symbolic of continuity, new symbolizes the hope and optimism for the brides new life, something borrowed is symbolic of borrowed wisdom, blue is symbolic of purity, love and fidelity. The silver sixpence, a British coin that is no longer minted originally equal to about 6 cents, is symbolic of financial security and works best if worn in the heel of the left shoe. If a bride carries all of these thru her wedding ceremony, then her marriage will be filled with good fortune and prosperity.
No need to over think this, a single item can count for two or more parts of the saying. Something old can be borrowed, something blue can be new, and a silver dime can be used if you don’t happen to have a silver sixpence lying around.
Something new is almost always your wedding gown. That one is easy. Unless you’re wearing a family heirloom. In that case it counts as something old, and borrowed. Something blue is often accounted for in the garter, but it does not have to be. Something borrowed can be jewelry, the wedding dress, veil, maybe a hair comb or adornment. If your wedding dress is the something new, then think jewelry for the borrowed item. Borrow your mom’s pearls, or your best friend’s diamond ear rings. And almost all of us ladies have a dime at the bottom of purses, use one from someone else’s purse and you have “borrowed” your “sixpence”
All of these things can be easily incorporated into your dress or bouquet. Sewing a blue ribbon, piece of heirloom fabric or borrowed button into the hem or seem line of your dress can be quickly done. Even sewing the date of your wedding with light blue thread into the underside of the dress would be a nice way to incorporate blue. Necklaces, brooches, charms and such can be incorporated into your bouquet. One of our brides, whose father had recently passed, used her father’s watch in her bouquet. Some part of her dad did walk her down the isle. We’ve had other brides wrap their grandmother’s rosary around the base of their bouquet as well.
Use your imagination, express yourself, and make it fun. It’s your day, and you want to pack in as much luck as you can.