Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue


Most western brides even to this day will have a family jewel pinned through her hair that may have been owned by a great grandmother, or a string of pearls from a treasured girlfriend that is happily married, or even a silken blue garter that lucky husband will have to remove with his teeth to the delight of young and old.  It was around 19th century England that this rhyme first started and whilst there are various versions of it the most common one contains the four phrases above, and proscribes four things that must adorn the bride for her to have good luck in her marriage.

Something Old

A link to the past, a symbol of unbroken family lineage, of handing treasures to younger generations. It may be a grandmothers’ wedding ring, or a piece of vintage lace that forms the bodice of the gown,  or for the royal families a tiara from the vaults containing the crown jewels. What it is it will be something that is treasured and that any bride would want to see past to her own daughter and her daughters after her.

Something New

Hope for the future, New beginnings, the shared dawn of a new life. This is often something fresh and fragile such as a bouquet of flowers plucked from the garden where the lovers once courted, or possibly a wreath from the garden of their own home, it may be a new piece of jewellery and is often a gift. The bride may dry and preserve the flowers for posterity, keep the jewel safe so that she may pass it on to her daughter for her ‘something old’.

Something Borrowed

We all need a little help from our friends, is not only a song played at most weddings, but is also the essence underpinning this tradition. A new bride may borrow a favoured piece of jewellery from a friend to whom she looks up to and can confide in over the coming years about her marriage. As we all know marriage is no easy ride and having someone help you through the rough patches can make all the difference.

Something Blue

A sash, a ribbon, or even the garter maybe a rich blue and tied in place traditionally as a protection against malign forces. Yet other factors play in blue being special to a bride. The colour blue can be sexy and enticing, perhaps symbolic that a healthy sex life can chase the blues away.

And a silver Sixpence in her shoe

The last and little known part of this rhyme is the advice to wear a silver sixpence in her shoe. This was to bring the luck of money and many brides have put a coin in their shoe to ensure a wealthy marriage. Perhaps the most famous bride to do was Grace Kelly in her marriage to Prince Rainer III of Monaco. Although I doubt a silver coin in her shoe would have affected her fortunes overly.

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Written by Jamie Grant for Sugar & Spice Wedding Dresses Brisbane.

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