The complete phrase is: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
These items are usually given to the bride on the day of her wedding by her mother, sister, relatives and friends. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.
Many women say the “new” item is their wedding dress, the “old” is usually passed down within the family and many women stick a penny in their shoe as their “silver sixpence”, but what about the rest?
Here are some ideas for something borrowed and something blue:
When many people think of something borrowed they think of items such as a hair pin, necklace, ring and veil, but if you want to break the traditional mold here is a new trend. A popular item to borrow is a charm. Many brides hook this charm to their bouquets as a symbol that her and her husband will face challenges together and with the support of their family and friends.
Traditionally something blue is a garter or a piece of jewelry that the bride wears, but today many brides have become creative by putting their own spin on the meaning “something blue”. Brides may put one blue flower in their bouquet or have blue place cards, but a new trend has started with the blue birds of happiness. My favorite idea is using the blue birds of happiness as the cake topper. It is a pretty sweet idea. Another bold idea that daring brides are doing for their “something blue” is wearing blue heels on their wedding day.