The old term “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe, is used in modern day weddings but where did the color blue come into terms?
Each item in the poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy.
“Something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past.
“Something new” means optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead.
“Something borrowed’ is usually an item from a happily married family member or friend, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
The tradition is English and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era.Blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like “Marry in blue, lover be true.”
A silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe represents wealth and financial security. It’s possibly a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. These days, a dime or a copper penny is an excellent subsitute worn in your left shoe.
An excellent way to incorporate blue into your bridal outfit is gems weaved into a hand wrapped bouquet made by our amazing florists at Chapel of The Flowers. Our florsits can create any type of bouquet your heart desires! Another option is a simple blue ribbon around your flowers or a possibly blue colored flowers as your entire bouquet.
Sashes are worn on modern brides these days that are added to any wedding dress and can sometimes match the brides maids dresses if so desired. Jewlery with a touch of blue, or blue and garter’s with blue are a great way to wear the tradition.For your touch of blue to add to your wedding day, visit our website at https://www.littlechapel.com/ to plan your wedding or call at 800-843-2410 to talk to your wedding planner today!!!
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