There is a long running tradition that says the bride should obtain something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on her wedding day. Most people don’t include “and a sixpence in your shoe.” This is primarily a British contribution and is difficult for us to get ahold of. Don’t worry about it too much though; these are all good luck charms. Each of the pieces symbolizes a trait that is wished upon the bride and her groom.
Something old is to bring continuity to the bride. Continuity can be defined as “the quality of something that does not stop or change as time passes.” This refers to the love and commitment that the bride and groom feel at the time of their wedding. The strong pull causing them to marry should never escape them with the help of this charm.
Ideas to consider for your something old could be anything from wearing your mother’s wedding dress to putting on the same makeup that you wear every day. A few others may be jewelry from a grandmother, any type works well. More creatively, some bride’s choose to wrap old jewelry around the stem of their bouquet while others put pendants on safety pins and attach them to their wedding dress/garter.
Something new brings future optimism. Having a bright future is something that everyone wishes for the newlyweds. The tradition says that if you incorporate a new item into the bride’s wedding attire this will be true for the couple.
Something borrowed brings happiness to the bride. Happiness encompasses so many things for so many people. Words that are used to describe this feeling are bliss, contentment, pleasure, and joy. Although happiness is intangible, it is one of the most important things for a bride and her groom. Wedding days are often considered the happiest days of a person’s life, usually until the birth of a child with someone they love. It makes since to attempt to hold onto the joy that is felt on this day for the rest of their marriage.
First of all, your something borrowed can come from anyone. Secondly, it can be anything. A few ideas would be a veil, hair piece, or bracelet. Getting something to have for your wedding day from someone you love can be one of the most cherished charms.
Something blue brings luck for love, purity, and fidelity. Anyone who has watched the bride and groom look into each other’s eyes knows love. Purity refers to the state in which people are free from wrongful actions. Then there is the most crucial of these, fidelity. Fidelity is the “faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.” It’s also a “sexual faithfulness to a spouse or partner.” This is extremely important in a marriage. Fidelity is a way of describing marriage as a whole.
The most common ways to add blue to the bride are through garters and sapphire jewelry. You may want to lean toward a blue garter if you wish for the bride to be in all white. On the other hand, your engagement ring could contain a sapphire stone. Regardless of what you choose, this is definitely worthy of a good luck charm.
Sixpence in her Shoe
The sixpence in her shoe brings prosperity. A sixpence is a coin worth six old pence, which is equivalent to 1/40 of a pound of silver. Not many people have these coins lying around their home. A way to hold on to this tradition by making it your own would be to place a penny in her shoe. Pennies have been said to work as good luck charms for wealth as well. That makes this an easy replacement for the sixpence.
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Realize that one item can represent more than one of these pieces. An example would be an heirloom from a relative that could fulfill both the old and borrowed. Or a custom trinket can be created to represent each of them. Many brides choose to attach safety pin to their wedding dress or garter. The pin contains small items they have chosen to be their something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.