Your big day is coming! You have everything in place and every detail thought through. Venue, check. Officiate, check. Invitations, check. Gorgeous dress, check check! It may sneak up on you, but have you thought of the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a silver sixpence in her shoe" tradition?
Where did this tradition come from? It dates back to Queen Victoria in Great Britain around 1840. Each part of the saying is a reference to some part of family, future, and fortune. You can go to our website for a detailed description of each part.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe” Have you heard this old rhyme, or a variation and wondered to yourself - why? Well, we've done some research into the history of this rhyme and would like to share what we've found.
The rhyme is believed to date back at least to the time of Great Britain's Queen Victoria, who was born in 1819 and ruled from 1837 until 1901. She and her consort, Prince Albert, were married in 1840 and began one of the great love stories of all time.
According to Wikipedia, Victoria described Albert as having "every quality that could be desired to render me perfectly happy. He is so sensible, so kind, and so good, and so amiable too. He has besides the most pleasing and delightful exterior and appearance you can possibly see."
If the rhyme truly does date back to Queen Victoria, you will certainly be in great and loving company if you carry all of the items mentioned in the rhyme; besides, they're believed to bring the bride happiness and good luck in her new life.
The "something old" is to remind you of the love you've shared with your family while growing up.
"Something new" is to bring blessings and hope for a joyous future.
The "something borrowed" is a reminder of the support of family and friends. If it's something borrowed from a happily married friend, so much the better!
"Something blue" is a symbol of true love, purity and fidelity. Brides in ancient Israel sewed blue ribbons to the edge of their wedding robes for the same reason, so this is a very long-standing tradition.
The "silver sixpence in your (left) shoe" represents future wealth and financial security. It was originally a Scottish tradition for the bridegroom to put the sixpence under his foot. Now it's a symbol of trusting each other with all of your worldly goods.
Many brides wear a garter trimmed with blue ribbons for their "something blue". If you would prefer something more original and unique, and something you can wear in public much more often, contact us for one of our lovely sapphire anklets.