Tradition: Something Old, Something New…

When you are planning for your bridal accessories, you may not wish to forget about something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new. Although this is a tradition that has been in existence for centuries, many brides today may forget about this tradition. Even if you have a themed wedding or a casual wedding, you may still want to have these four things in your procession.

For something old, many brides have something that is handed down from generation to generation in the family, such as family heirloom or just something that has sentimental value. Some brides may want wear something from their mothers or grandmothers. Something old might be the wedding dress, handkerchief, necklace or other jewelry or something else.

Bridal accessories also include something new. This is the easiest to have, since you’re bound to buy some new things for yourself for your wedding anyway. It can be your wedding dress, your shoes, your headpiece or anything else you may have just bought.

For something blue, the common choice seems to be the garter. If blue does not match your wedding color scheme, the garter is always a great way to have something blue because it remains hidden the whole time, until the part of the reception where the groom tosses it for the lucky next groom-to-be to catch. More recently, the “something blue” object has come in forms of shoe accents, handkerchief, bouquet accents, etc. However, if your color scheme includes the color blue, then you will already have your something blue.

Something borrowed for your wedding can be open to anything as long as it matches with your color scheme. You might borrow a necklace, bracelet, earrings or even a wedding veil from a family member. You might even borrow something such as a little trinket that you can attach to your bridal bouquet without taking away from the bouquet itself. Many brides also borrow a ring or a wedding band from their mothers to wear on the other hand as something borrowed. These old traditions are still strong when weddings take place more so than any other wedding tradition.

You may have looked forward to observing this tradition at your wedding, but do you know what the symbolism behind this tradition?

Something old symbolizes tradition, continuity and maintaining ties to your family. Something new is that your union will start a new life and new adventures and a hopefully bright future. Something borrowed symbolizes someone or something that you respect or admire, and also a reminder that family and friends will be there to support the bride whenever she may need their assistance. Something blue represents purity, love and fidelity. Finally, there’s the part which most brides have neglected in this line of tradition: “a silver sixpence in her shoe.” This last part seems to be often neglected as having a coin in your shoe does seem rather uncomfortable. A silver sixpence in the shoe symbolizes the wishes of loved ones that the bride may have both financial security and happiness.

This tradition is largely a British custom, as it dates back to the Victorian era and originated from an Old English rhyme which goes,

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

Though the poem is originally British, parts of it are not really purely British. The blue color, for example, has been connected to weddings for several centuries. It probably started back in ancient Rome, when brides wore blue to symbolize love, fidelity and modesty. The silver sixpence part may have been a Scottish custom of a groom placing a silver coin in his left shoe for good luck.

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