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Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

Surely, you have heard of the tradition of the bride having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. This could mean something worn or perhaps, something to use or carry with you.

Make sure there is something from each category. Where did this tradition come from, and what significance is there in each?
This custom is from an old English rhyme. Of course, this is the only part that we usually hear or know. All of it basically means good luck to the bride and groom.

Something old: Represents life between the bride and her family or what will soon be known as her old life. Anything such as an antique, heirloom, something from her youth or anything sentimental would be appropriate for this category.


Something new: The future. This would be good luck to the bride’s new life with her new mate or to promote or wish success to the newlyweds. This category would include a new pair of earrings, purse, and garter; just about anything that you can think of as long as it’s new.

Something borrowed: This is meant to bring good luck to the bride and groom as well. It could either be something worn at the bride’s wedding such as a pair of earrings, gloves, your mother’s wedding gown or old silk ribbons. Borrow something from a family member or a parent.

For instance, play the same song for your first dance that your parent’s played at their wedding. This song already has much meaning behind it.

Something blue: Blue denotes fidelity and luck. You could start with making your engagement announcements or invitations with a splash of blue included.

Choosing one item in each category will be easier then you think. The bride can either wear or use any item in the decorations. Again, this is only a tradition accepted by some. When all is said and done, you may decide you don’t need any item in any category to have a good marriage.

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