Ever wonder what the origins are of some of the wedding sayings we are so familiar with today?
"Something Old" symbolizes a link to the bride's family, and their past. The item most often will be a family heirloom that the bride will wear or carry on her wedding day. Perhaps a piece of jewelry or a hankie from her Grandma...The bride may also choose to wear a family member's wedding dress to honor and to represent the “Something Old”. Now a day’s, many options are given to today’s bride to honor this part of the tradition, like sewing a piece of Grandma’s dress into her slip, wearing something in her hair, wearing Grandpa’s watch. Today anything goes! Just don’t let it be the “Ex-boyfriend” sitting in the back row sobbing as he sees his future with you, walking down the aisle with someone else.
"Something New" represents good fortune and success, for a wonderful new life together. A bride may choose to say her shoes are new or her wedding gown, many choose to wear a new piece of jewelry. Some claim the “Husband” themselves are the “NEW” item...Just don’t let it be the “New Rock” on your finger...or the “Baby Bump” that you have kept hidden until now.
"Something Borrowed" symbolizes the love and support of family and friends in times of need. A borrowed object can be a token from friend, such as a lace handkerchief, earrings, hair piece, anything you wish to represent this part of the tradition is completely up to the bride. Again, anything goes with today’s bride. Just remember if you borrow something, give it back, You can’t borrow the best man to dance with all night, at some point you have to give him back to his significant other to go home.
"Something Blue" is an object that symbolizes faithfulness, and loyalty. Most Brides will choose a blue garter or ribbon. Blue is often added to their flowers or even in a made up special drink at their reception. This is probably the most simplest and easiest of the tradition to accomplish. Blue can be added to just about anywhere throughout a wedding. Just don’t get too carried away and expect your groom to be wearing the “Blue Ribbon” for the honeymoon...
"A Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe" is a blessing for wealth. This one is really simple also; the bride can put a dime in her shoe. What you don’t want is everyone giving you a coin to put in your shoe and you sound like the Ghost of Christmas past as you walk down the aisle.
Now you have the origins of Something Old, Something New....My Advice..., Make new traditions and do your own thing!