The Old English rhyme “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe” is a tradition that many brides of many recents have adopted into their culture. There is no need to worry about these five items as they are simply good luck charms and now-a-days are meant to be a little fun on your wedding day for you and your mother, sister, other relatives and close friends. You can be as loose with the rules as you want. I’ll be sharing the items I wore or carried that could be considered these items and at the end a list of items that you will need and you can sort accordingly as your old, new, borrowed, blue and even a sixpence.
Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.
Something Old: I wore my mother’s pendant necklace and a diamond and pearl ring my parents had bought me. I also had brought a diamond and pearl brooch my Nana had given me many years ago although I didn’t want to put it on anything and it get lost, I kept it with my rings as I got ready and kissed it before I left. Although it wasn’t worn, I considered it a part of my something old.
Something New: My wedding dress was new as well as my veil, shoes, lingerie and perfume. The perfume was probably a little dicey of a choice. I was picking up some last minute products from Sephora and at check out I had enough points for their Dior gift. A perfume, lip plumper and mascara came in an adorable pink make-up bag, naturally I had to have it. I had been wearing Miss Dior for a while and Lindsay wasn’t a huge fan but I loved it but my bottle was nearly empty so I had been on the search- Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch are always reliable but I really enjoy Dior. In the chaos of wedding details and packing for a destination wedding, I hadn’t planned a particular wedding scent and threw the Dior gift set in my bag on a whim. I hadn’t put on or smelled the scent until the day of my wedding and fell in love. Lindsay absolutely loved how I smelled. I couldn’t tell if it was the day or the scent but I never asked cause I loved the scent to. It went from wedding day scent to everyday. Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming was easily my something new.
Something Borrowed: Although I also had my mother’s necklace listed in the old it is also considered borrowed. My mom wanted me to wear her pendant necklace that she had gotten from my dad as an anniversary present. She told me that when I was really little my dad had taken me shopping and I helped him choose that necklace for her. I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect necklace to have gone with my dress or a more special story, it was so easily my something borrowed.
Something Blue: Lindsay had given me blue topaz and diamond earrings for our first Christmas together years ago and I had chosen to use them as my something blue.
I didn’t really remember the whole “sixpence” thing until I was doing research for this post but I don’t know how well it would have stayed on my shoe considering that we walked on every floor possible- wooden slats, tile, uneven brick, sand, gravel, grass, you name it, I walked on it.
To think, if only we had known that these special items would be worn on such a special day on the day they were being purchased; or that its initial purchase purpose was just one special time and that it would one day lead to the day that will forever be the day that my husband and I became bound in the sanctity of marriage.
No matter whether your item is old, new, borrowed or blue, you are going to need or may want:
- Essentials: Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes
- Accessories: Clutch, Belt, Sash, Gloves
- Jewelry: Earrings, Necklace, Right Hand Ring, Bracelet
- Hair Accesories: Pins, Berets, Clips,
- Lingerie, Robe
- Brooch or Locket- either on your person or affixed to your bouquet
- Fabric- an old piece of a relative’s meaningful item could be stitched into your dress maybe even with blue thread
- Bible, Vow book, Notebook
- Bouquet- yes, even blue!
- Sixpence- a coin you and your significant other may have found together, a family member’s lucky coin or a trademark lucky penny or any ole coin will do
I wouldn’t say that my marriage relies on the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Sixpence in your Shoe but I love all that it stands for and will carry these fond memories with me as long as we both shall live.