We’ve all heard the phrase something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. It’s the list of items that no bride wants to walk down the aisle without. If worn on your wedding day, these good luck charms are thought to be the recipe for a successful marriage. It’s a superstition followed by almost every bride, but why? We’ve researched the myth to discover where it came from and the meaning behind wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on your wedding day.
The oldest written evidence of this rhyme dates back to the late 1800’s. The phrase comes from the English rhyme, “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.
Traditionally, something old is a family keepsake carried or worn by the bride. This symbolizes continuing her past life in her future marriage.
Ideas for something old: brooch or pin, vintage clutch, handkerchief, button or shirt fabric from a shirt sewn inside of the dress
The bride wearing something new on her wedding day represents a hopeful future.
Ideas for something new: makeup, wedding dress, perfume, jewelry
Our example: The most common something new, is the wedding dress worn by the bride on her wedding day.
This is typically something borrowed from another bride. It is thought that this borrowed item will transfer luck from one marriage to another.
Purity, fidelity and love are all represented in the something blue worn by the bride.
Ideas for something blue: wedding shoes, sapphire jewelry, garter, sash for wedding dress, nail polish