‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
and a sixpence for your shoe!’
We’ve all heard it and you may even be planning on incorporating each one into your big day but do you actually know where it derives from or why we do it?
Apparently this tradition derives from an old English rhyme. The rhyme itself hints to it’s origin as a sixpence is a coin made of silver and was minted in Britain between 1551 and 1971.
Something old represents continuity, something new represents optimism and hope for the brides future, something borrowed is usually an item from a happily married couple whose good luck and happiness is meant to transfer over to the new bride and something blue is a very symbolic colour that’s been connected to weddings for centuries. Brides often wear blue to symbolize love, modesty, purity and fidelity. Finally, a sixpence in your shoe symbolizes good fortune, wealth, financial security and prosperity.
Here at Fund Your Wedding, we’ve come up with some awesome ways to incorporate this rhyme into your big day.
With the vintage theme being such a popular one, it’s a great chance to incorporate something old into your wedding attire. This could be a brooch, a piece of jewellery or even a recipe passed down to you that you can make up and give to your guests as wedding favours. We absolutely love this idea! You could wrap an old handkerchief around your bouquet as you walk down the aisle or you could wear an old photograph in a locket. You could also wear an old perfume of your grandmothers or you could hire a lovingly restored VW Campervan to transport you.
This could be your wedding dress, new shoes or perhaps a new piece of jewellery that you intend to wear as you walk down the aisle. Future husbands often ensure their bride receives a gift on the morning of their wedding and this will usually consist of a new item that they can treasure forever however, your something new doesn’t necessarily have to be worn either. You could create your very own cocktail to offer your wedding guests or if you plan to move into a new house after you’re wed, why not attach your new house key to your wedding bouquet. You could even treat yourself to new make up, a new make over or a new tattoo to celebrate your special day.
This could be an old wedding veil from a happily married couple or a charm from an old friend. We love charms as they can be hooked onto your wedding dress, attached to your bridal bouquet or even incorporated into your hair.
Many brides incorporate blue into their garter as it’s quite a contrasting colour to the traditional white dress but again, there are many other ways to incorporate something blue into your big day. You could offer your guests sugared almonds wrapped in blue cloth and tied with string for the wedding favours or if you like the contrasting colours, why not choose blue wedding shoes to give your outfit a pop of colour. You could also have a blue guestbook, a blue colour scheme or a blue nail varnish.
And A Silver Sixpence In Your Shoe!
Nowadays, a copper penny is substituted however there are many companies selling keepsake sixpences especially for weddings.
So there you have it, an old English rhyme that represents love, luck, hope, happiness, purity and prosperity. This rhyme has a lot to offer for those who are superstitious and for those who are not, it’s a fun way to build treasured items into your overall wedding look.