As the popular english poem goes..

“Something old, something new

Something borrowed, something blue

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”

Each item refers to a good luck token for a bride. The custom is that if the bride carries all four items on her wedding day, she will have a happy marriage.

Each verse refers to a good luck item:

  • Something old – continuity with the bride’s family and the past
  • Something new – optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead
  • Something borrowed – an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride
  • Something blue – Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

Popular Ideas

Something Old

  • A relative’s wedding gown or using a piece of the fabric to sew into your own gown or wrap the bridal bouquet
  • A family heirloom: jewelry, veil, headpiece, handkerchief
  • A piece of fabric from an old childhood doll or article of clothing, either sewn into your gown or used as a wrap for your bouquet.
  • A locket with photos of your parents or grandparents.

Something New

  • New shoes
  • New jewelry
  • You wedding gown, if purchased new.
  • New lingerie or garter

Something Borrowed

  • Often, this is jewelry belonging to someone close to you: earrings, a watch, pearls, etc.
  • A veil or headpiece
  • A brooch or hair comb
  • A purse

Something Blue

  • Monogram in blue thread sewn into wedding dress
  • Blue shoes
  • Blue lingerie
  • Blue nail polish
  • Jewelry accents in blue: earrings, rings, bracelets, anklet, toe rings, necklaces containing sapphires, topaz, aquamarine, Swarovski crystals, etc.
  • Blue bouquet accents: ribbon wrap, brooches, cameos, lockets
  • Blue sash for wedding gown
  • Blue embroidery on wedding gown
  • Blue hair accessories: hair clips/barrettes, headband, etc.
  • Blue rhinestones glued to bottom of wedding shoes in shape of initials