“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…”

We’ve all heard of this wedding day tradition.  Ever wonder WHY you are supposed to have “something old, something new, something borrowed, & something blue” on your wedding day?  Well, I did some research to find out the meanings of the old superstitions as well as some ideas of how to incorporate them into your wedding day!


Something Old

Represents continuity & the past moving to the future.


Classic Car for Transportation

Family heirloom/Antique (Jewelry, brooch, Hair accessories, etc.)

A piece that represents the bride’s past

Vintage anything

A piece of fabric or lace from the bride’s mother or grandmother

A love letter written to the bride’s mother from the bride’s father


Something New

Represents optimism for the future & the new life the couple will share.


New lipstick

Custom perfume for the bride

New jewelry

New lingerie

New shoes

Anything new, lol!


Something Borrowed

Represents borrowed happiness.


Borrowed item from long-time happily married couple

Something borrowed from a friend or other relative who is symbolic of happiness.

Borrowed jewelry.

Borrowed prayer-book for the ceremony.

Borrowed reading from a family members’ wedding.


Something Blue

Represents love, good fortune, & fidelity.


Blue ribbon.

Blue shoes.

Blue nail polish.

Blue wedding color.

Blue flowers.

Blue garter.

Blue jewelry (sapphire!)


Sixpence in Her Shoe

This tradition is a largely British custom.  Represents good fortune & prosperity.


Place sixpence in bride’s left shoe.

Can order sixpence coin from many websites.

Place in bride’s purse or sew into hem of gown.


Happy Thursday!


Associated Content

Wedding Guide Chicago

Wedding Bee


2 thoughts on ““Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue…”

  1. rkrmama says:

    Love the shoes! All of ’em 🙂

  2. rkrmama says:

    Especially the red ones 😉

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