Wedding Traditions & Superstitions: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Posted by Haydel's Bakery on 29th Sep 2014

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” This old, familiar rhyme suggests brides carry several tokens of good luck on their trip down the aisle.

  • Something old means continuity and is often represented by a family heirloom.
  • Something new is symbolic of the future and could be a gift from the groom. Often the bride considers her gown her “something new.”
  • Happiness is said to be denoted by wearing something borrowed from a friend or loved one.
  • Something blue means faithfulness and fidelity and is believed to protect those who wear it and make their wishes come true.
  • The sliver sixpence is a wish of wealth for the couple. Today, a penny usually stands in for the sixpence.

While some may consider this custom old fashioned, you can preserve tradition and still add your own modern twist. Besides, I’m never one to turn down a chance for good luck! Check out author Zoey Gulmi‘s suggestions in 10 Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Accessories for the Modern Bride.

I am especially fond of Zoey’s new take on the sixpence. And she suggests monograms. And you know we southern gals LOVE our monograms! There are unlimited ways to keep these pleasant traditions close to the heart, yet make them your own.

Thanks for reading y’all! Hit the share button please! – M.T.