Monday, February 22, 2010

Something old, Something new.....

Did you ever wonder where this saying started from or what it means? Well, I am going to tell you.

Something Old, Something New
Something Borrowed, Something Blue
And a Silver Sixpence in her shoe.

Each element of this saying is to wish the bride good luck on her wedding day. If all these "criteria" are met, then she will have a fruitful and happy marriage.

Something Old - Symbolizes continuity with the brides family and the past

Something New- Hope for the brides new life

Something Borrowed - is a token from a happily married friend or relative whose happiness will carry over to the bride

Something Blue - In ancient Rome brides wore blue to symbolize love and this is why blue has been around for centuries. Some think that the Virgin Mary, who is always dressed in blue symbolizes purity. And there is an ancient proverb that states "marry in blue, lover be true". All leading us to believe that the color blue is a wedding tradition.

And a Sixpence in her Shoe - This symbolizes wealth, and for optimal wealth it should be worn in the brides left shoe.

What exactly is a sixpence? A sixpence is a silver coin from Brittan and is worth six pennies. If is funny when I was photographing our new rose bridal clips I used my wedding shoes. Guess what? Tapped inside was a sixpence, I didn't even remember that I had one. I am glad I had all the elements of a fruitful and happy marriage!


  1. Hi Jennifer,, what a great post. I love the photos too! I love all of your new work. I also love the silver rose she clips... SOOOO pretty. I hope you have a great day. (()) gail

  2. Jennifer,

    Thanks for the history lesson!! Always nice to learn something new. I had never heard the final line. And Blue??? Who knew???

    Olivia Paige

  3. Lovely post Jennifer. The sixpence is also put into Christmas Puddings and when found by the person eating that slice will bring good fortune for the year ahead, hence 'Lucky Sixpence'

  4. Jennifer

    I never knew the meaning behind that lovely saying. Thanks for sharing that.


  5. Wonder blog... thanks for sharing! Hugs, Tedi

  6. I love this! I had no idea! So great to learn about the history of it all. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my Goonies post honey. It is truly one of my favorite movies. I never get tired of it! Kori xoxo

  7. I love the history of that tradition. Beautiful new shoe clips ... great idea to add to your line.