Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue…
We’ve all heard the saying… “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue”, and probably always wondered where it came from and what exactly it means. So, we’re dishing what we know about this wedding tradition… let’s start at the beginning, it is most definitely an English tradition, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era.
A Tradition made Modern
Each of the items in this poem represents a good-luck token for the couple. It began with brides but now most all couples include them in various ways. The tradition said, that if the bride- or for modern-day “couple”, carried all of them into their wedding day, their marriage would be happy. “Something old” symbolizes continuity with the couple’s family and their past. “Something new” to bring optimism and hope for the couple’s new life together. By adding “Something borrowed” from a happily married friend or family member, their good fortune in marriage would be carried over into the new union. The borrowed item is also to remind the couple that they can depend on her friends and family.
We thought we share some of our favorite ways that couples have included “Something Blue”. But let’s first talk about how blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore it to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. In Christianity, the Virgin Mary has long been dressed in blue and it is associated with purity. And, before the late 19th century, it was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”
How to include it
Many couples choose blue as their bridal party color, bringing the color in a major way to the wedding day. The picture above is from a wedding where the couple outfitted their bridesmaids in the hue.
If you aren’t into blue as a statement, you could take a more private approach. Like an embroidered message on a handkerchief, like the one above.
This groom got in on the tradition with his blue and floral tie.
Incorporating this color into your florals is not always easy. But we love how this bride pulled it off by including Blue Thistle (or Sea Holly) in her bouquet. It was so subtle!
This last year we’ve seen custom jackets become all the rage. With some couples opting for leather, while this bride went with a denim version to check blue off her list.