Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – the meaning of wedding traditions

2 Dec

The classic “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a Lucky Sixpence in your Shoe.” Where do they come from and what do they mean!

The Something Old- It could be a piece of her grandmother’s jewelry, or even the your mother’s wedding dress. This is a link of continuity from the bride’s past. Some say this is a desire to remain connected with your family even after you established a family of your own. Other sources say it represents the life you are leaving behind. Another idea is that the tradition of family values and the connection family brings is being passed down to you.

The Something New – For many brides the wedding gown is the “new” item.  This usually means optimism and hope for the future

The Borrowed Item – a reminder that the bride will always have the support of friends and family. Sources have said it is symbolizes the love and adoration you have for the person from whom you have borrowed the item from.

The Something Blue – connected to weddings for centuries as a symbol of love, modesty, fidelity, good luck, purity and loyalty.

Sixpence in your shoe – It represents financial security for the couple. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be worn in the left shoe!

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