“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe” is the famous rhyme that superstitious brides follow in the name of luck. But what does any of that have to do with a long and happy marriage?


The History Behind the Rhyme

This rhyme dates back to Victorian England, and it seems to signify the simultaneous hope for continuity and a fresh beginning. It refers to the things a bride is supposed to wear on her wedding day in hopes of having a successful marriage.



“Something old” is meant to represent the best of a couple’s non-married life and the intention to bring that into their marriage. This often includes a piece of jewelry worn by the bride’s mother, grandmother, or aunt.

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“Something new” is all about the new life the couple will start together. It can commonly include a gift from the groom or the groom’s family, but  it can also include everything from a new piece of clothing to a new bridal accessory.

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“Something borrowed” is a bit more superstitious, pointing to the idea that borrowing items from a happily married woman will transfer that woman’s good luck onto the new bride. It can be a hairpin or jewelry, like a bracelet from your mother.

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The color blue is representative of “fidelity and love’s purity.” It was also a popular color to wear prior to the white wedding dress trend.

Other option for something blue, you can invite your friends to write sweet messages on the bottom of your shoes with a blue marker or include a blue garter or blue shoes.

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