Something Old, Something New...

One of the best known wedding traditions is "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a Sixpence for your Shoe".  This superstition of the Bride wearing something that fits each of these categories originated in Europe to ward off evil spirits.

Something old
symbolizes a sense of continuity, tradition and represents the link to the bride's old life and her family.  

Something new
signifies hope for the future. 

Something borrowed
should come from a friend who is happily married. 
This tradition symbolized the popular belief that by borrowing something from a happily married couple, good fortune would follow the newlyweds. 

Something blue
signifies fidelity, purity and love. 
Brides of ancient Israel wore blue ribbons on the border of their wedding cloths to denote, love, modesty and fidelity. These are ideals still associated today with that color.  Blue also denotes the purity of the Virgin Mary and is the most popular of all colors. 

A sixpence in your shoe
is to ensure financial success in your new life together.

This is a European tradition to bring the Bride good luck, fortune, and protection against want. After the Wedding Day, the lucky penny can be turned into a piece of jewelry as a pendant, charm for a bracelet, or ring setting.

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