For the bride

4th November 2018


Something old, new, borrowed, and blue – what’s in a rhyme?

Here’s a look back into the origins of this ancient tradition


According to the traditional wedding rhyme, every bride should wear ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe’ on their wedding day.

They’re supposed to bring good luck on the big day, and seeing as brides have been following this custom for centuries, there might be more to it than just a bit of fun. Confused about what they all mean? Read on.

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The “somethings” are usually small tokens of love that your female relatives will give you at the eleventh hour (or that you can give to yourself). This tradition also extends beyond trinkets for the bride and may be adopted by grooms too, if they wish. A few “somethings” include jewellery, hair accessories, embroidery in your dress, cufflinks, nail art, a new getaway car – you name it. The possibilities are endless.

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Each “something” has a meaning for the whole ensemble. “Something old” was a way to ward off the Evil Eye (which was thought to cause infertility) and protect any future children. It also represents continuity, giving couples the opportunity to wear a sentimental piece of jewellery on such a special occasion.

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“Something new” offers optimism for the future. The couple is entering a new chapter in life, so it makes total sense for them to sport “something new” on their wedding day. Most brides opt for a new piece of jewellery, an accessory, or even count their wedding attire as something new.

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“Something borrowed” is believed to bring good luck to the couple. They would usually borrow something from a happily married friend or relative, hoping their good luck in marriage rubs off on them.

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Wearing or carrying “something blue” was meant to deflect the pesky Evil Eye, since the colour blue stands for love, purity, and fidelity – the keys to a solid marriage. For something blue, consider introducing the colour to your floral arrangements, your shoes or even a sexy garter.

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Wedding Directory