Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
Wondering how this tradition started? See excerpt from Yahoo Answers below.
The girls and I are always thinking of ways to create and capture those little touches that mean so much to a bride on her wedding day. The event requires so much effort, planning and time, but sometimes it is the smallest of sweet gestures that make them unforgettable. With input from our really creative and talented customers along with our team of master seamstresses, we've done some pretty special things at Christy's Bon Bon Belle. Here are just a few. Perhaps you can incorporate 1 or 2 ideas into your own wedding.
- One of our brides lost her Mom before she could see her walk down the aisle. To keep her Mom close to her heart during her wedding, our bride took a few remnants of her Mom's clothes and had our seamstress Marlene sew them into the shape of a heart. The heart was then monogrammed with her wedding date, and sewn into the inside of our bride's bridal gown, right next to her heart. She indeed had her close on her special day.
- A local Mom, wanting to share her own wedding dress with her one or more of her four daughters, had a great idea. She grabbed her wedding dress and brought it in to Christy's Bon Bon Belle. She asked our seamstress Karen to create garters for each of her four daughters using the train of her wedding gown. With each wedding, it's now ceremonious and tradition as she shares a bit of her own wedding with each daughter, incorporating the gown that was worn the day she and their father were wed.
- We have many brides come in with their Mom or Grandmother's dress, asking to update it while remaining true to the original character of the gown. While many end up instead falling in love with a new gown and decide against the family heirloom, several have chosen to take lace, beading, or buttons from their loved ones gown, letting them blend the two beautifully by incorporating the old into the new. What a special way to stay true to your own style while honoring a dress from those you love most.
- Beautiful ballgowns are elegant, and always a fabulous choice for a bridal gown. While most ballgowns have skirting built in to retain the volume and hold the proper shape, one bride was crafty and took her dress to an entirely new level. Wanting to incorporate the colors of the college where she and her fiance met, our bride found striped cotton fabric in the two colors of their college, and then visited us to talk with our seamstress about how to add it to her bridal gown. Our seamstress took it from there and created a petticoat layer of the printed fabric under her ballgown skirt. The fabulous touch is that this was only seen when revealed - during photos with her bridesmaids before she saw her Groom, and of course later during the reception when the Groom removed her garter and saw her tribute to the place where they first met. Sweet indeed.
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Now on to the origin of the bridal tradition "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"...
A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding tradition is definitely English, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era.
Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. 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 colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."
And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. 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.