I hope everyone has been enjoying my blogs! This week’s gives you little bit of history about a tradition that still holds true today. I’m sure some of you are thinking,
Ugh I don’t have time for a history lesson right now; I have a wedding to plan.
Trust me when I tell you that this will catch your attention. I know it did for me! I’m sure by now I have piqued your interest and you are waiting for me to reveal what tradition I have been hinting at…I guess it is time to tell you. The tradition goes like this:
Ladies In Waiting Preparing Bride
Something old, something new,
something borrowed, something blue
and a silver sixpence in her shoe.
I have always known about this tradition but honestly I can say that I have never heard of the final line. Apparently, this tradition originated from the Victorian Era.
What is a sixpence you may ask? I am more than happy to share that with you! A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. Because of the mention of a sixpence in the rhyme, we can safely say that it originated in Britain.
This rhyme is not just words people associate with brides, grooms and their wedding day. Each “something” is meant to represent good luck for the bride! If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. Here is a little more about each item:
Something Old – It represents that the couple’s friends and family will always remain with them.
Something New – This helps the bride look to the future for health, happiness and success.
Something Borrowed – This is an opportunity for the bride’s family to give her something as a token of their love. (Brides Remember! The something borrowed must be returned to ensure you good luck)
Something Blue – This was thought to be lucky because it has been associated with weddings for centuries. The custom was thought to have begun in ancient Israel where brides wore a blue ribbon in their hair to symbolize fidelity. Others believe that in ancient Rome, brides wore blue to also symbolize love, modesty and fidelity. By the late 19th Century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns. Evidence is shown through the proverb,
Marry in blue, lovers be true.
Finally the final piece to the tradition: the sixpence. The sixpence was placed in the shoe to bring the couple wealth. For the greatest fortune, it should be placed in the left shoe. There are current stories of brides who still put a penny in their shoe for luck.
There you have it; a new little piece of information about weddings you may or may not have known before. Now the next time you are at a wedding, maybe this will make you think about what those “something’s” are on the bride, what meaning they represent as she is bringing luck to her special day.
What are you going to do? Please feel free to comment! I would LOVE to hear your ideas!!
Have a beautiful day~
Kaitlin Keller - Director of Internet Content, Forever TV
Resources: http://www.weddings.co.uk/info/tradsup.htm, http://ask.yahoo.com/20031027.html , http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/226736/weddings-good-things-something-old-new-borrowed-and-blue
Image Sources: Ladies in Waiting, Bridal Jewelry, Sixpence Bridal Keepsake, Tradition Collage