Something Old something New Something Borrow and Something Blue
• 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.