Something Old, Something Blue
Most of us have heard that brides need “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” OK, maybe you haven’t heard of that last part, but we’ll get to that. So, what is this little poem all about? Well, so much of the planning revolves around making sure our guests have a good time, from having vegetarian options for our meat-avoidant friends to choosing party favors that we think each guest will enjoy, but this poem is all about the bride and what the superstitious among us need in order to have good luck in our future lives as a mrs. to his mr.
Let’s break it down:
- Something Old Most of the traditions passed down through this poem date back to Victorian times, including “something old.” The bride wears something old to symbolize her progression from her old life to her new married life, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to wear a pin or jewelry that’s a family heirloom, or to wear your mother’s veil. Or, you can really go traditional and wear your mother’s wedding gown – hey, vintage is in, and chances are, so is your mom’s wedding dress!
- Something New This Victorian tradition symbolizes the bride’s new, happy life as a married woman, and is a pretty simple part of the poem to accomplish. Pretty much everything you’ll be wearing from head to toe is new, from your wedding gown to your shoes, so you won’t have to worry your pretty little veiled head over this one.
- Something Borrowed The “something borrowed” is also a Victorian era tradition and is supposed to be an object that comes from a happily married couple to give you good luck for your own happy marriage. It can be something as showy as jewelry or as subtle as a handkerchief you wrap around the bouquet.
- Something Blue Blue has been associated with weddings and brides dating all the way back to ancient Roman times as a symbol of fidelity and love, and can be brought into your bridal look in lots of fun ways! Don a blue sash or some bright blue shoes down the aisle, rock a blue bouquet or wear blue feathers in your hair (a la Carrie Bradshaw). If you’re not quite looking to make such a bold blue statement but still want to adhere to tradition, have your wedding date sewn into your gown with blue thread, add blue buttons to the wedding gown or wear a blue garter under your dress for a sexy surprise at the reception!
- Sixpence The “silver sixpence in her shoe” is an old British tradition that is meant to bring good fortune and a prosperous life to the bride as a married woman. Nowadays, brides may use a dime in lieu of a sixpence, or for those of you who want to leave nothing to chance, you can buy a novelty sixpence to wear in your shoe, or perhaps to just hold in your purse if those strappy stilettos aren’t super-sixpence friendly.