The Wedding Cottage

Something Old, Something New…where did it come from?

We’ve all heard the saying “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue, and a Sixpence in your shoe” – But have you ever wondered what the meaning is behind it?  Well don’t worry because I am here to tell you!

This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme, and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are for good luck .

  • Something Old – symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past
  • Something New- symbolizes optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead
  • Something Borrowed – symbolizes good fortune.  This is through an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride
  • Something Blue –  symbolizes purity, love, and fidelity.  Also before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”
  • Sixpence in your Shoe -symbolizes wealth and financial security for the couple


Now that you know the reason behind this little saying, what are you going to use for your lucky charms?  The Something New is probably pretty easy because there is a good chance that you are wearing a new dress, or new shoes, or new lingerie etc.  Jewelry from a friend or family member always works well for your something borrowed, and sometimes can also be your something old!  But what about your Something Blue?

Here are some fun ideas that we have at The Wedding Cottage…

Below is a pin that you can attach to your garter or inside of your dress.  It is a bit hard to tell from this photo but this pin is made up of blue rhinestones.  We have this little accessory both online and in the store!

This Something Blue will be for your Groom’s eyes only :)

Also sold online and in the store!

Instead of a traditional white or ivory garter, why not have a blue garter!?  Two garters come with this set – one to keep and one for the garter toss.

It’s a good chance there will be some tears during your ceremony.  You could dry your happy tears with these blue Bride & Groom tissues.

Below is a picture of my garter from my own wedding.  I wore my favorite garter that we have online and in the store, as I was obsessed with one small detail -The garter is embroidered with a tiny “I do” in blue thread!  Attached to my garter was also my Something Borrowed.  My mom has a gold pendant engraved with the names of everyone in our family, and so I borrowed the one from her that is engraved with “Jacob”.

My Something New was my shoes (also blue!), and my Something Old was a ring I wore that used to be my great-grandmother’s.


What are you using for your something blue?

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