Something Old something New Something Borrow and Something Blue

United States
September 27, 2007 8:37am CST
Can anyone tell me where this little tradition came from? Why is it important for brides? I've never understood it. Thanks!
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• United States
27 Sep 07
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence for your shoe." It's an old English wedding poem. "Something old" was usually meant to be an heirloom of some kind from your parents or grandparents. Many girls either wore their mother's wedding gown or veil, or had some of the material from it worked into her own gown. It was meant to bring the good fortune from their marriages into your own. "Something new" was to signify and represent that you were starting a new life and a new path. "Something borrowed" is again, usually a family heirloom to bring luck. "Something blue" usually referred to flowers. Cornflowers, bluebells and forget-me-nots were symbols of purity and happiness, if I remember correctly. "And a sixpence for your shoe" is from the tradition of putting a coin in your shoe to ensure prosperity and financial wellness was brought into the marriage. My superstitions' book is at my mother's, but I'm pretty sure that's correct.
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• United States
27 Sep 07
Thank you for the detailed response Gloom. It's always bother me that I didn't know what that meant...everytime I heard it in FRIENDS I would trying to think of what it meant. That all makes sense.
• United States
27 Sep 07
I've been planning a wedding for over a year, so I've studied the superstitions and traditions of weddings all over the world, so yeah.
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• United States
28 Sep 07
oh wow. your wedding or are you like a wedding planner?
@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
28 Sep 07
Blue - Blue is the Symbol of Spirituality and Faithfulness. The Bride should wear or carry something Blue to increase her luck in Marriage. This I got from some wedding site,though I really do not believe with all those beliefs and stuff.