This week we’re wondering: How did the saying “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” come about?
You’re helping your newly engaged friend brainstorm what she needs for her upcoming nuptials. Completely unphased by all the planning that must be done you simply tell her she needs, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” But let’s be honest, do you even have the slightest idea what you’re talking about? Probably not.
Well doll, we’re here to fill you in. We’re here to give you the scoop. We’re here to…well, you get the idea.
In actuality, the complete phrase, though not typically heard, is as follows:
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
Alright, so now you know the whole phrase. But where did it come from, and what the heck does it actually mean?
Most believe that the saying was invented in the Victorian era as a sort of good-luck token for the bride-to-be. If she carried each of the items with her on her wedding day, she would have a Cinderella like story. A little superstitious? Yes. Cute? Definitely.
So let’s break this down item by item:
1. “Something old” represents the continuation of the bride’s family and her past. Often the “past” that is represented is linked to the bride’s mother or grandmother.
2. “Something new” symbolizes hope for the future and the joined life that lies ahead.
3. “Something borrowed” is a token of good luck from a happily married friend. The borrowed item represents the giver’s good fortune being passed along to the bride. Additionally, the item symbolizes the support and love that surrounds the bride.
4. “Something blue” carries on the symbolic meaning that cultures have revered for ages. In ancient times, the color meant faithfulness, purity, and loyalty.
And what does that much-neglected last line refer to? Well, a silver sixpence in a shoe symbolizes wealth and financial security of course!
…Just kidding, we didn’t know that either.
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By: Kelly Hamilton