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Learn More About Something Blue
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe; so the adage goes about bringing luck to a bride on her wedding day. In the late 1800s, this rhyme was infused into Western wedding culture. It originated in England and made its way to North America shortly after. Each item provides its dose of luck for the bride:
- Something old nods to fertility and the health of a baby to come.
- Something new is an ode to a bright future.
- Something borrowed is traditionally lent from a happily married couple for good luck.
- Something blue symbolizes the commitment to the marriage.
- The sixpence is an emblem of coming prosperity.
Something blue is not gifted to the bride by anyone in particular. It was often a blue garter that the bride wore on her upper thigh, under her wedding gown. This may have been bought by a mother, sister, or friend. Today, the bride can buy her own something blue or combine it with another good luck charm on the list.
Something blue for your wedding doesn’t have to be the traditional garter. Borrow a pair of blue sapphire earrings from your grandmother to fulfill both borrowed and blue. Sew a blue bow to the lining of your wedding dress for a hidden take on the tradition. Blue bridal shoes or a blue hair barrette will add a pop of color to your ivory outfit. Tie your bouquet up with an aqua ribbon or hold an embroidered hanky in your hands as you walk down the aisle. For a refreshingly modern take on the custom, share your good luck charms with your husband-to-be and have him wear a pair of blue cufflinks or a custom necktie with your wedding date sewn in blue thread.