Posted by ESC on December 20, 2000
In Reply to: Isn't there more to this? posted by Bethan on December 20, 2000
: I've always been told that the phrase "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" had more to it that just those four things.
: Can anyone help me out?
From the discussion archives:
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW ...
: Something old, something new
: Something borrowed, something blue
: And a silver sixpence in your shoe
: The rhyme originated in Victorian times although some of customs referred in it are much older.
: "Something old" represents the couple's friends who will hopefully remain close during the marriage. Traditionally this was old garter which given to the bride by a happily married woman in the hope that her happiness in marriage would be passed on to the new bride.
: "Something new" symbolizes the newlyweds' happy and prosperous future.
: "Something borrowed" is often lent by the bride's family and is an item much valued by the family. The bride must return the item to ensure good luck.
: The custom of the bride wearing "something blue" originated in ancient Israel where the bride wore a blue ribbon in her hair to represent fidelity.
: The placing of a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe was to ensure wealth in the couples married life. Today some brides substitute a penny in their shoe during the ceremony as silver sixpences are less common.
: From U.S. Bridal Guide online :
: Something Old: Continuity
: Something New: Optimism and Hope
: Something Borrowed: Happiness shared from happily married couple
: Something Blue: Fidelity, Love, Purity
: Lucky Sixpence For Her Shoe: Ensures a Life of Fortune
PS. Here's a little more on the "something blue" part. Guys had to wear blue also. That's a nice touch.
http://www.aomdj.com/traditio.htm%20In%20continuing%20with%20the%20discussion%20of%20the%20white%20wedding%20dress, it should be noted that - in Biblical days - blue represented purity. Thus the bride and groom would wear a blue band around the bottom of their wedding attire, hence something blue.