Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence for Her Shoe



It you’re planning for your big day, then you’ve probably considered the “something old and something new” you’ll be wearing. If you haven’t decided yet, here are some things to consider:

Something Old – The “something old” in this traditional rhyme stands for the bride’s connection to her family and their shared history, and the continuity of that connection into her new relationship. If you have a family heirloom, this is the perfect time to wear it, but if not, here are some other ways to incorporate the “something old:”

  • A bit of old lace incorporated into your dress design
  • Jewelry from a past generation from a local antique’s shop
  • An antique lace handkerchief which can be worn inside the bodice of your gown or wrapped around your flowers
  • A locket with pictures of loved ones who have passed on inside
  • An antique brooch can be worn pinned to your dress, veil or bouquet wrap
  • An antique clutch purse (these are easy to find and add a little fun to your look)
  • A repurposed piece of antique jewelry (turn a brooch into a hair decoration, a locket into a charm, a pendent into a charm, etc.)

Something New – The “something new” you’ll be wearing represents a clean slate and hope for the future. While you’ll probably be purchasing a variety of new items for your big day, here are a few ideas you might want to consider for your “something new:”

  • Your dress can be your something new
  • Your wedding ring
  • A new pair of shoes for the occasion
  • Jewelry, a headdress or a veil
  • Undergarments or lingerie

Something Borrowed – The “something borrowed” should come from a happily married woman whose happiness you want to rub off on you. You’ll want to prearrange this ahead of time, no doubt, to ensure you have an item on hand that meets these criteria. Your mother, mother-in-law, sister or friends may even volunteer something, but if not, here are some ideas:

  • Borrow a piece of jewelry (necklace, earrings, brooch, bracelet, hairpin or ring)
  • Borrow a veil or headdress
  • Borrow a crinoline (these are often an added expense and never worn again)
  • Borrow a handkerchief from your dad for the occasion

Something Blue – In the past, the color blue was thought to represent fidelity and love. This belief was so widespread that brides were often married in blue gowns. Incorporating blue might seem tricky if your wedding day colors don’t coordinate, but don’t worry, it can easily be hidden from sight if needed. Here are some things to think about incorporating:

  • Lingerie or garters with little blue ribbons
  • Your initials or wedding date monogrammed inside your dress, veil or on a handkerchief in blue. (You can also use crystals for a more eye-catching effect.)
  • A blue sash
  • Blue shoes (shoes can be dyed in every color from eggshell to Tiffany blue to teal)
  • Blue flowers included in your bouquet
  • An anklet (easy to hide, and you can add additional good luck charms)

And a Sixpence for Your Shoe – This part of the rhyme often gets left off, but the sixpence represents good luck and financial prosperity, not unlike picking up a lucky penny off the street. If you’re keen to keep to tradition, you can purchase a new sixpence for less than $10. Some even come attached to a safety pin with other good luck charms that can be hidden under your dress.


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