Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
Most people have heard the rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” but did you know that the original rhyme was actually “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe”?
This rhyme for the bride originated in the Victorian Era and essentially was a symbol of luck. Something old symbolised the bride’s past and continuity while something new represented optimism for her future with her new husband. Something borrowed was generally from a happily married family member or friend as a token of future happiness. The colour blue signifies purity, fidelity and love so it was thought that having something blue would bring these things to the new marriage. Brides would then pop a sixpence in the bottom of their shoe before putting it on which was thought to bring good luck, hence the part that is commonly left off in modern times “a sixpence in her shoe.”