One of the most enduring of all wedding traditions, the old rhyme ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe’ is said to have originated in Victorian England. Today, brides still celebrate wedding customs as an important part of their special day, but have you ever wondered what it all means?
The wearing of something old originated with a bride’s desire to retain family links. A couple of hundred years ago, many girls left their family home after marriage, and the wearing of a family heirloom or piece of jewellery, often belonging to a mother or grandmother, signified the bride’s resolve to stay in touch. Today, a bride chooses something old from a family member or close friend for luck, and as a symbol of the continuity of the past.
The wearing of something new on the wedding day illustrated new beginnings for the married couple. It also meant luck, hope and longevity for the union of the bride and groom. Today you might choose your dress as many brides do, but you can select almost any luxury bridal accessories, as long as they are new.
Something borrowed signifies happiness, or rather ‘borrowed’ happiness. In the past, a woman who was happily married would lend a piece of jewellery or clothing to the bride. Brides today might borrow from a family member or friend. A purse or piece of vintage jewellery perhaps, and as long as they remember to return it, happiness and luck will be forthcoming.
A symbol of love, purity and fidelity, something blue was often worn by both bride and groom – their initials embroidered on clothing for example. This section may have its roots in ancient Israel, where brides would wear a blue ribbon in their hair. A wedding day must have, you can choose shoes, a garter, a blue flower in your bouquet, or even blue nail polish for your luxury wedding.
Last but not least
The final line, ‘and a silver sixpence in your shoe’ has largely been forgotten, but today it’s making a comeback. The placing of a sixpence in the shoe was intended to bless the marriage with prosperity and good fortune. The sixpence coin was in circulation in the UK from 1551 till 1967. Today, many brides still wonder ‘where to get a silver sixpence for my shoe?’. Please follow this link.
Let your imagination take over as you select the best and most romantic wedding accessories for your perfect day. Should you require assistance in sourcing unusual pieces or wish to enquire about any other detail, please feel free to contact us.