Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

The rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe” dates back to 19th century Lancastershire, England.  It refers to the five things a bride should wear on her wedding day.

Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for love, and fidelity; and a silver sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.

I believe it adds romance and hope for a wonderful future when a bride incorporates these five elements.   Brides can personalize this tradition according to their style or wedding theme.

Examples of Something Old

Heirloom jewelry, veil, hair comb, locket or a special piece of lace or fabric sewn onto the dress.

Something New

Wedding gown, shoes or jewelry.

Something Borrowed

Wedding dress, jewelry or veil.

Something Blue

Shoes, handkerchief, garter or a brooch on your bouquet.


Order a sixpence online or, use shiny dime or penny dated in the year you are married or possibly the year you were born.