Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

This wedding tradition is linked to a rhyme that originated in England during the Victorian Era. The original rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe” symbolized luck for the new bride. Each part of the “something” was given to the bride before her wedding day in hopes of a successful wedding. Not all brides take part in the tradition today, but for those who still do it is common to see a modern twist on the items. 

Something Old

“Something old” represented a tie to the past, usually between the bride and her family.

Modern twist: An old locket or piece of jewelry wrapped around a bouquet.

Something New 

“Something new” stood for optimism in the new chapter of the bride’s life and the future with her spouse. It represents hope that the happy couple will have a long future together. 

Modern twist: Anything that the bride is wearing that was purchased as new can count! Wedding dress, veil, shoes, and jewelry.

Something Borrowed 

“Something borrowed” was typically given from a happily married friend or relative. The thought was that the happiness would transfer over to the bride and stay with the new couple for years to come. It was also believed to bring good luck for marriage and even fertility. 

Modern twist: Your parents cake knife, a family member’s jewelry, or borrow either your parents or your fiance’s parents wedding song!

Something Blue 

“Something blue” was an item that actually was in the color blue and it was meant to ward off evil. The color itself also stood for love, purity, and faithfulness, and modesty. 

Modern twist: Blue heels, a small message in blue on the bottom of the bride’s shoes, or a blue embroidered note in the dress. 




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Mikell Zanotto

Wedding Enthusiast & Bride to Be

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