You have heard this rhyme since you were a little girl. You have memorized it. But where did it come from and what does it mean for your wedding?
Something Old - Finds a way to link together the generations of brides in her family tree. The bride chooses a piece of heirloom jewelry or a family wedding gown or veil or handkerchief or other item that represents the continuity of happiness from generation to generation.
Something New - Brides wear their new gowns, veils and other accessories that add good fortune and success to this new union. The ultimate something new is the wedding itself.
Something Borrowed - is usually loaned by a married family friend to bring happiness to the new couple. A handkerchief, a piece of jewelry, a veil or headpiece, shoes are all possibilities.
Something Blue - This tradition dates back to Biblical times when blue stood for fidelity and purity. Today's bride may incorporate blue into trim on her gown or her bridal garter.
Sixpence in Your Shoe - completes the rhyme. It suggests that a coin in the bride's left shoe will ensure wealth so that the bride will always have money. Sixpences may be hard to find so using an American coin - usually a dime - works in its place.
For more information on bridal traditions, talk with one of our experienced consultants.