Something old, new, borrowed and Blue

We have all heard of the rhyme :

“Something old,

Something New,

Something Borrowed,

Something Blue,

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”


But where did it come from and what does it mean?


This rhyme originated in England during Victorian times and symbolized luck for the bride on her wedding day.

The meaning behind the saying is:


Something old is for continuity, incorporating something old, brides carry with them something sentimental from their past.

Something new is for optimism for the future, typically now the wedding dress.


Something borrowed for happiness usually an item from a happily married friend or family member whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride.


Something blue is for purity, love and fidelity.


A silver sixpence is for luck and prosperity in marriage which traditionally the father will give to the bride on her wedding day. It is as a symbol of the fathers’ good wishes towards the happy couple to wish them love, happiness and prosperity.


What will your something old, new borrowed and blue be?


Here are a few ideas:


OLD : A family heirloom, an old photo of loved ones in a locket on your bouquet. I have also sewn a piece of fabric from a Dad’s favourite shirt if he is no longer with us so that the bride feels he is with her as she walks down he aisle.


NEW : Dress, shoes, jewellery, a new lipstick or perfume.


BORROWED: Can be anything like a hanky, a piece of jewellery etc.


BLUE: A garter with a blue ribbon, or I stich a little blue flower inside your dress if you don’t want to wear a garter. My daughter had a blue bridesmaid dress and Some brides chose blue flowers too.


Have fun deciding on yours!


We can help you with the dress, bridesmaids, garter and sewing, the rest is up to you!


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