Saturday, December 5, 2009

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue

Where did this tradition come from?

The traditional saying was actually,

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue..., and a Sixpence in her Shoe.

It is said that a bride carrying each of these good look tokens will have good fortune in her marriage.

Something Old represents is starting a new life, but not leaving the past. The bride still carries on her family values and connections. This can be in the form of antique jewelry passed on from your grandmother, a love letter your dad write your mom, or an old piece of lace sewn into the hem of your dress.

Something New is optimism and hope for the future. Wedding dresses or your new ring can be a symbol of this tradition.

Something Borrowed has several meanings that connect the bride to her family and friends, but most generally, it represents the support and love from your family and friends in your new life. This may be represented by a piece of jewelry borrowed from your mom or a handkerchief from your dad.

Something Blue symbolizes love, fidelity, purity and all the right things you need for a solid marriage. The possibilities are endless. Shoes, underwear, nailpolish, or a blue ribbon sewn into your dress are ideas that brides have chosen.

A sixpence is a British coin (1551 - 1967) made of silver and worth 6 pennies.
This is a tradition from the Victorian era and can be traced back to England.
The coin represents wealth and good fortune.

Brides have been honoring these traditions for years and years as a token of good luck, but this is a lovely way of honoring people that are close to you as well.

Whatever you use, have fun with it and celebrate your memories for years to come!

Rita Wong

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