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Traditions are something brides love to incorporate into their special day, whether it’s a special flower, dish, location, or an item of clothing that has some sort of special meaning to the bride or couple, it’s…well..tradition.
And no other type of wedding checklist has the same cache as the little poem we often hear brides and her maids recite than “Something old, something new…”. So I took it upon myself to research the actual poem and find out a little history about it. And after about 2.5 seconds of investigating, I came across an ASK Yahoo site that had it all clearly spelled out before me.
The next line of this old saying actually hints at its origin. The complete phrase is:
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.
And after researching this small item, I coincidentally ran across a similar topic in Brides Magazine discussing what brides are “borrowing” for their day. Here are a few of the keepsakes these brides borrowed.
“My grandparents’ wedding cake topper from the 1950s,” says Tracy via Facebook.
Denise replies, “I will be the third granddaughter to tuck our grandmother’s hankie in her garter on her wedding day.”
“My soon-to-be MIL is loaning me her lace purse and the pearl comb she wore on her wedding day. She has two sons and a grandson, so I am honored to be the “girl” in the family,” Michelle responded.
Additionally in this piece, a poll was taken and not surprisingly, 41% of brides say they borrowed jewelry for their wedding and 78% said they did, indeed, have something blue on them on that day. Regardless of what you decide to integrate as your small treasures, we think it’s a great idea to memorialize things and people that are special in your life via these small tokens. It’s a great way to keep those close to you even closer and to create, yet another, special memory.Tags: keepsakes, poems, traditions
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