Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Something Blue

It has been a tradition since the Victorian era - and is practiced by most brides on their wedding day.

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. The belief is that if she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy.
"Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past.
"Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead.
"Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
As for the blue, the color has been connected to love, purity & weddings for centuries. Before the late 19th century, blue was actually a very popular color for wedding dresses.
And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.
There are many ways to interpret an old tradition and make it modern. Some trends we here at DIYva Designs have seen include taking a family members wedding gown and either reconstructing it in a way that suits the new bride - or taking pieces of it to incorporate into a new gown. Then there is the something blue... many brides have gone the blue shoes route, or merely painting the soles of their shoes blue for good luck.

via Chic Wedding Blog

Don't have something already in mind? Check out Etsy's Handmade Something Blue Shop!
Or get some more ideas from our Pinterest boards here.

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