Something Old, Something New...

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in your Shoe

This is a rhyme from Victorian times yet the customs have much older origins.

Something Old represents the couple's friends who will hopefully remain close during the marriage. This was traditionally a garter given to the bride from a happily married woman in the hope that the happiness would pass to the new bride.

Something New symbolises a happy and prosperous future for the newly-weds.

Something Borrowed is traditionally something lent by the bride's family. The bride must return this much valued family item to ensure good luck.

Something Blue comes from the middle ages when the brides and grooms would wear a blue ribbon as a sign of purity.

The placing of a Silver Sixpence in the shoe is to ensure wealth in married life.