Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

We’re all familiar with the wedding tradition that on her big day, a bride carries with her “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a silver sixpence in her shoe.” But where does this tradition come from, and what do all of these tokens represent? The saying is one of good luck, and each item represents different good fortunes to the newlywed couple.  However, many brides leave off the last part of the saying, because the silver sixpence is an old British coin that does not have much meaning for brides today.

Something old is a symbol of family, the bride’s past, and tradition.

Abby Rose Photo

Abby Rose Photo

Engraved forks by ethanjane.

Engraved forks by ethanjane.

This bride chose to wear her mother’s veil on her big day. hoto by Bradley Quinn

This bride chose to wear her mother’s veil on her big day. hoto by Bradley Quinn

 On of our brides, Lacey, shown above, chose to incorporate blue into her wardrobe by wearing bright blue flats. This image was taken at The Merrimon-Wynne House. Photo by Ashley McCray 

 On of our brides, Lacey, shown above, chose to incorporate blue into her wardrobe by wearing bright blue flats. This image was taken at The Merrimon-Wynne House. Photo by Ashley McCray 

A gorgeous bouquet designed by Anna Passarelli of Simply Elegant Floral Designs with hints of blue.

A gorgeous bouquet designed by Anna Passarelli of Simply Elegant Floral Designs with hints of blue.

There are many ways to incorporate something old into your wedding day, but a new idea on this old tradition is to get a locket with pictures of loved ones who have passed and have your florist style it around the bouquet.  If your ring previously belonged to a relative, it would be a sentimental token to represent something old.  However, these tokens do not always have to be something you wear.  You could incorporate something old into your wedding by using your grandmother or mother’s cake knife.

Something new is a symbol for the new life that is ahead.

Many brides choose to make their something new their wedding gown, but if you have chosen to wear your mother’s gown as is or alter it to your taste, the dress could then be used as something borrowed. If someone decides to gift you champagne glasses for the toast, those could be used to represent something new.

You’ll also be gaining a new last name on your wedding day if you choose to take your spouse’s name.  You could incorporate this into your wardrobe by monogramming the new initials onto your sash, getting a necklace made, or by monogramming the initials onto the ribbon around your bouquet. Another idea is to engrave the two cake forks or champagne flutes you will be using that day.

Something borrowed is typically borrowed from another happy bride, and this symbolizes happiness.

Because something borrowed symbolizes a long and happy marriage, so to make this meaningful you should think about someone you know who has been happily married and think about borrowing an item from them.  Veils never go out of style, so traditionally it is common for brides to borrow a veil from their mother, grandmother, or another relative.  You could even incorporate something from your father or grandfather into your outfit if they have cuff link, handkerchief, or tie that you could incorporate into your bouquet.

Something blue is a symbol of commitment and love.                                                                  

There are many different ways to incorporate something blue into your day.  If you plan on saving your gown after the wedding, you could get your monogram or the date of your wedding embroidered on the inside of your dress, you can talk to your seamstress about where you would like it to be placed. Another idea to incorporate something blue into your attire would be to incorporate some blue gems or embroidery on your sash.  If you choose to go with a bolder look, you could even have a  blue sash.  

Depending on the color scheme you choose for your big day, you could talk to your florist about having some blue flowers in your bouquet, or use a blue ribbon to wrap the bouquet. If you choose to go with colors that wouldn’t work well with blue flowers, you could always choose to wear sapphire earrings, a hair accessory that is blue, or blue shoes.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas on how to incorporate this classic wedding tradition into your day, happy hunting.