Brides all over the world observe different traditions on their wedding days but the most popular tradition in our society is the one that goes….”something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. This rhyme, which we all know nowadays, used to be a little longer than this. The original rhyme ended with “and a silver sixpence for your shoe”.
But what exactly does it all mean?……well, here at Forget Me Not, we thought we would shed some light on origins of this superstition.
This symbolises the bond between the brides family and her past. It’s often a piece of jewellery or a lace handkerchief to carry down the aisle, that is given to the bride by her mother or grandmother.
This symbolises the future and the new union that the bride and groom are creating . It can be anything from the dress, the flowers, the wedding rings or anything new that has been bought for the wedding. This is probably the easiest one to fulfill.
The tradition behind this part of the rhyme is that a happily married woman lends the bride something for her wedding day. By borrowing from a friend, symbollically this is the bride borrowing some of the happiness of the lender. If its a close friend of the bride, it can also be a reminder of their friendship on her wedding day.
Blue is the colour of faithfulness, purity and loyalty. In days gone by, the bride and groom would wear blue bands on the borders of their outfits on their wedding day. Nowadays its a bit more subtle, so it could be a blue bow on a garter, blue shoes, blue nail varnish or even “I DO” in blue on the sole of the brides shoes.
A Silver Sixpence For Your Shoe
This part of the rhyme is symbolised by the father of the bride placing a sixpence in her shoe before she walks down the aisle. This is to wish her luck, prosperity and happiness in her marriage.
The Royal Mint has recently released a limited number of sixpences so that this tradition can be carried on, after the coin was taken out of circulation many years ago.
Here at Forget Me Not we have all the little bits to help the bride fulfill this tradition, from silver sixpences to handmade garters. We even have little “I DO” stickers for the brides shoes.
For more information please call us on 02476 375555, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or why not pop into the boutique and have a look at some of the lovely gifts we have for the bride to be!