and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
This Old English rhyme has been influencing brides for nearly 150 years. These “somethings” are meant to symbolize tokens the bride is meant to wear, or carry with her on her wedding day for good luck. Though not all of you may be believers in lucky charms, this tradition is also a fun way to personalize your wedding day look, and incorporate pieces of family history into your special day.
Here is a breakdown of the Four Somethings, and ways you can incorporate them into your big day!
Something old represents continuity. This is meant to be a link to your own family. It’s a way of incorporating a piece of your family’s past into your big day.
How to incorporate it: This is often a time that your mother or grandmother will pass down a piece of family jewelry. This may be a pearl bracelet, antique locket or diamond earring. Sometimes it is something they themselves wore on their wedding day, and feel it will bring you the same luck it brought them. It could also be their dress or a piece of their dress. It’s not uncommon to incorporate a piece of vintage lace from a loved one’s dress into your own dress or use it as an accessory.
Something new offers optimism for the future. It’s meant to represent hope and success for a bright future in your married life.
How to incorporate it: This tends to be the easiest of the four and the most common choice for “something new” is often the dress itself. However, if you opted to wear your mother’s dress, or borrow a dress from a friend, you’ll need to go shopping! As I said, this one is easy. Whether you choose to splurge on new shoes or a piece of statement jewelry, your something new is a wonderful way to express your personal taste.
Something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness. This represents your support system, and the knowledge that your loved ones will be there for you on your special day, and into the future. The concept of borrowing something may seem simple enough; however, the rule with this item is that it needs to come from a happily-married woman.
How to incorporate it: A very popular item to borrow is a veil. This tends to be a one-size-fits-all item and is generally timeless in its design. Not planning to wear a veil on your wedding day? This would be an excellent time to ask your grandmother to borrow her vintage hairpiece, brooch or tennis bracelet.
Something blue stands for purity, love, fidelity and loyalty.
How to incorporate it: Most brides chose to incorporate their “something blue” with their garter. This however, is not your only option. Nowadays, brides are getting creative and finding new ways to work this colorful tradition into their wedding day attire. A few of my favorites, which you’re more than welcome to steal, include blue statement shoes, a pair of sapphire earrings or sewing something into your dress with blue thread.
As for the “sixpence in her shoe,” this is a part of the rhyme that is more difficult to incorporate as it leaves no wiggle room, and few of us have access to a sixpence. However, if you’re able to find one, then you could be the future source of “something borrowed” for friends and family. We’d love to hear how you plan to incorporate your somethings into your wedding day. Creativity is encouraged!