A popular rhyme almost every bride knows reads, “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” This familiar phrase comes from an old English rhyme that goes, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe.”
The sixpence was an old British coin that a bride was to place inside her shoe on her wedding day. The coin was meant to bring prosperity to the marriage. While a sixpence might be hard to find these days, the other items can be incorporated into your day as a nod to wedding tradition.
Traditionally, the items in the rhyme are good luck charms at a wedding. The bride incorporates something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue into her wedding day look and their marriage will be filled with luck and happiness.
Whether or not you believe in luck, bringing tradition back by adding these elements to your wedding day can be fun. At Wedding Day Dash, we love blending traditions in a way that makes your wedding day special. This tradition doesn’t have to be limited to just the bride’s look, either! Here are some of our favorite ideas to help you complete this old rhyme on your special day.
Ideas for “something old”
Adding something old to your wedding look is said to pass continuity on through the generations. The love your parents or grandparents share is honored by borrowing something from them to wear on your wedding day.
Something old for the bride might include:
- An heirloom veil
- Jewelry: a necklace, watch, or pair of earrings
- Your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress
Something old for the groom might include:
- Your father or grandfather’s cufflinks
- An heirloom watch
- An old family photo in your jacket pocket
Ideas for “something new”
Including something new in your wedding ensemble is a representation of the bright future you have as a newly married couple. Your “something new” might be the easiest part of the tradition to fulfill, as your outfits will likely be new.
Something new for the bride could be:
- Your wedding dress
- Your shoes
- A new perfume
- Your wedding band
Something new for the groom could be:
- Your suit
- A new cologne
- Your wedding band
Ideas for “something borrowed”
Tradition says that by borrowing something from a happily-married friend or relative, you’re borrowing their good luck and it might rub off on you. Maybe you fell in love with your sister’s bridal headpiece or your friend has a collection of beautiful beaded clutches.
Something for the bride to borrow:
Something for the groom to borrow:
- A handkerchief or pocket square
Ideas for “something blue”
The color blue represents love and fidelity. Wearing something blue, as the rhyme goes, gives you good luck and love in marriage. Choosing something blue for your wedding day can be as simple as a blue garter, or you could make one of your wedding colors blue and carry that good luck throughout your whole wedding ceremony and reception.
Something blue for the bride:
- Pale blue nail polish
- Flowers or a ribbon in your bouquet
- Sapphire jewelry
Something blue for the groom:
- Tie or bowtie
- Boutonniere flower
Revisiting the tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” can be a fun element for your wedding day. Wearing an old family heirloom or borrowing a friend’s jewelry will help them feel a part of your big day. Thinking of ways to bring a hint of blue to your outfits or your reception will give you the chance to personalize your day.
Not sure how to blend tradition with the vision you have for your wedding day? We can help. At Wedding Day Dash, we offer wedding planning guidance to help you find the right elements to make your wedding day uniquely you. Complete our contact form and let’s get started.