Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" is a traditional saying that has become a wedding custom for good luck for a bride.

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Origin

The custom is based on an English poem:

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

Each item refers to a good luck token for a bride. The custom is that if the bride carries all four items on her wedding day, she will have a happy marriage.

Meaning

Each verse refers to a good luck item:

  • Something old - continuity with the bride's family and the past
  • Something new - optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead
  • Something borrowed - 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 - Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."

Popular Ideas

Something Old

  • A relative's wedding gown or using a piece of the fabric to sew into your own gown or wrap the bridal bouquet
  • A family heirloom: jewelry, veil, headpiece, handkerchief
  • A piece of fabric from an old childhood doll or article of clothing, either sewn into your gown or used as a wrap for your bouquet.
  • A locket with photos of your parents or grandparents.
  • Insert more items here

Something New

  • New shoes
  • New jewelry
  • You might consider your "something new" your dress, if purchased new.
  • New lingerie or garter
  • Insert more items here

Something Borrowed

  • Often, this is jewelry belonging to someone close to you: earrings, a watch, pearls, etc.
  • A veil or headpiece
  • A brooch or hair comb
  • A purse

Something Blue

  • Monogram in blue thread sewn into wedding dress
  • Blue shoes
  • Blue underwear or lingerie garter
  • Blue crinoline
  • Blue nail polish
  • Jewelry accents in blue: earrings, rings, bracelets, anklet, toe rings, necklaces containing sapphires, topaz, aquamarine, Swarovski crystals, etc.
  • Blue bouquet accents: ribbon wrap, brooches, cameos, lockets
  • Blue sash for wedding gown
  • Blue embroidery on wedding gown
  • Blue hair accessories: hair clips/barrettes, headband, etc.
  • Blue handkerchief (for tears of joy) or handkerchief with blue monogram/embroidery
  • Blue rhinestones glued to bottom of wedding shoes in shape of initials
  • A Blue Temporary Tattoo - idotattoos.com

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