Origin of 'something old, something new' wedding tradition

Whether you"re the mother of the bride in a wedding like Ree Drummond was (here"s the latest on her daughter Alex Drummond"s elegant ranch wedding), an attendant, a guest, or a member of the soon-to-be-married couple yourself, a wedding is an opportunity to partake in all kinds of special traditions. You may have heard, for example, that brides should wear (or carry) "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" on their wedding day for good luck. But you may also have some unanswered questions about the famous rhyme. Where does this very specific list of seemingly unrelated trinkets come from? What"s the meaning behind each item? And—the fun part—what are some creative ways modern brides can make the tradition part of their big day?

For centuries, brides have included something from each of these categories in their weddings. And while abiding by the danh mục certainly isn"t a requirement for a happy marriage, it can be a meaningful way to incorporate cherished people, objects, and memories into your special day. Keep reading to learn about how this whole "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" thing got started và to get some fun, creative ideas for honoring the tradition today.


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What"s the origin of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?

The tradition is based on an Old English rhyme that dates back to 19th-century Lancashire. It describes the items a bride should have on her wedding day: "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe."

What"s the meaning behind each object?

The exact meaning behind each trinket isn"t totally clear, but there are some popular theories. "Something old" represented a tie lớn the past. "Something new" stood for hope and optimism for the future. "Something borrowed" from a happily married friend or relative was believed lớn bring good luck for the union & even fertility. The màu sắc blue was meant to ward off the evil eye, and it also stood for love, purity, & fidelity. And the sixpence was intended to lớn bring prosperity to the couple. (The British coin is no longer produced, but some determined brides still hunt down one khổng lồ tuck into a shoe!)


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Who usually gives the bride something old, new, borrowed, & blue?

Traditionally, these objects are cobbled together from female relatives and friends. But again, there are no hard và fast rules here. "Something old" could be a vintage getaway car, "something blue" could be the bouquet, và "something new" could be a gift from the soon-to-be spouse or the bride herself!