Many brides wish to adhere to certain wedding traditions. One of the most popular wedding traditions comes from an Old English rhyme that states, ‘Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in Your Shoe.’ This saying pertains to the objects that a bride is to wear or carry during her wedding that are thought of as good luck charms.
Each token has a different meaning. Something old is said to symbolize continuity; something new represents optimism for the couple’s future; something borrowed embodies borrowed happiness; something blue symbolizes love, purity, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is said to bring the couple prosperity and good fortune. Although this is largely a British custom, it is followed by brides from all over the world, including the United States of America. The more modern adage typically drops the last line, however. With virtual pin board sites like Pinterest continuing to grow in popularity, many brides-to-be are finding new and original ways to incorporate these special tokens into their wedding day.
With so many gorgeous blue gemstones available, such as blue sapphire, blue topaz, and aquamarine, finding a piece of jewelry that you can continue to wear after the wedding may be an ideal option for you as your something blue. Gemstone station necklaces will add a subtle hint of color without taking away from the wedding gown or other jewelry accessories. Personally, I love the idea of a blue topaz statement necklace and earrings, such as our floating blue topaz halo jewelry.
Many brides are choosing to add ‘something blue’ to the wedding dress itself. I have seen photographs of blue petticoats or crinoline neatly tucked under the wedding gown, which adds a fun surprise when it is revealed. I have also seen some brides that choose to sew a blue heart of fabric from their future husband’s shirt into the gown. A more traditional approach may be to add a blue sash to the gown or one may wish to wear a blue or teal birdcage veil. For the DIY savvy bride, perhaps painting the soles blue of your wedding shoes will be an easy project to undertake.
Are you incorporating this tradition into your wedding day? Please share your list of tokens with us as well as our readers in the comments. We’d love to hear your ideas!