There’s an old English rhyme that goes “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a Sixpence in your Shoe” – these little tokens are said to be good luck for your wedding day. Here are a few ideas of what I’ve seen brides take with them down the aisle (and photos of my own something borrowed and blue!).
Something old represents continuity. Some ideas:
- Family jewelry, like your mom’s pearl earrings, a locket, or your grandmother’s rosary (could be wrapped around your bouquet)
- A vintage car to leave the church as a married couple
- If you have a winter wedding, a family fur or stole is a great option (I got married in December in Minnesota and wore my grandmother’s fur to the ceremony!)
Something new symbolizes optimism for your new life ahead. Some ideas:
- A new name. If you’re taking your fiancée’s name, you can have your new monogram sewn into your dress (Stitch Above the Rest will monogram your new married monogram into the inside of your dress… in blue if you like!)
- Something new for the night before the wedding
Something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness. Some ideas:
- Your dad’s handkerchief, in case you get teary
- A veil – your mom’s wedding dress from the ‘80s may not be the look you’re going for, but veils often have a timeless look
- A clutch for essentials (I borrowed a dear friend’s white YSL clutch for my own wedding. For her wedding, she carried a Mrs. clutch and had it personalized to include her new last name!)
- Consider something from your soon-to-be mother-in-law – is there something special the women in your fiancée’s family have that you could use? (Kate Middleton borrowed a tiara from Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day)
Something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity. Some sweet ideas:
- The classic (and my pick!) is blue shoes (I like these, these and these) – you can also add blue bows to a favorite pair of heels
- Blue wellies would be great for a farm wedding, winter wedding or rainy day!
A sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity and is traditionally gifted by the father of the bride (though this one remains largely a British custom and is often skipped in American weddings!).