- 11 years ago
- Wedding: April 2010
Every bride-to-be has heard that she MUST have something old, new, borrowed & blue on her wedding day. Many may borrow some jewelry from their mom, count their dress as new, wear a blue under garment and wear a pair of old shoes that work with their gown in order to fulfill this tradition, but where does this tradition come from?? It’s actually really interesting!
Something old: This comes from the idea of the past moving into the future. Typically, brides would have something sentimental or
meaningful from their past with them on their wedding day, like a family heirloom or childhood memento.
Something new: The “something new” represents and symbolizes the future life and optimism the bride will share with her new groom. This could be literally anything new the bride will carry into her new life, from a pack of gum, a new car, or a new outfit for her honeymoon. It represents a fresh and new start!
Something borrowed: Perhaps my favorite part of the tradition, the “borrowed” item represents borrowed happiness. This item traditionally was borrowed from a happily married couple, or someone who represents happiness to the bride and groom. The borrowed item is returned after the wedding day with a special note of thanks to the person who lent out their happiness for the wedding!
Something blue: Before the 19th century, blue was the wedding dress color of choice (love that!)…eventually white became symbolic of purity and that’s what bride started to wear, so the something blue is a respect for former marital traditions!
I love learning about the “why” in everything. There is so much thought that goes into a wedding, and this is one more way brides can show their personalities and be creative! =)
So far, I have an idea for my something blue–my mom’s sapphire blue ring I got for her many mother’s day’s ago…, but that’s it! How did you incorporate this tradition into your wedding? Did you even bother?? Did you have any personal or family traditions you kept for your wedding day?