Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
Not sure how to work blue into your wedding outfit or which friends or family own something a little special you could borrow? Here is a little inspiration to get your imagination running:
Origins of the Rhyme
The rhyming couplet ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ originated in 1989 England through a combination of folklore. Tales tell of an Evil Eye that will leave the bride barren and unable to have children if they do not put defences in place. This superstition dictates that the something old and something blue are therefore worn to confuse this Evil Eye and the something borrowed to hinder it.In modern days this rhyme is simply seen as a tradition that can bring good luck to a couple on their special day.
In modern days this rhyme is simply seen as a tradition that can bring good luck to a couple on their special day.
One of the simplest things to have as your something old is a piece of a jewellery such as a necklace or bracelet. This can have added pertinence if it was a piece of jewellery worn at your mother or grandmother’s wedding. This sense of nostalgia can add a sentimental and personal element to your big day.
Your something new of course will be the modern diamond rings you exchange when taking your vows. These are so new you haven’t worn them before. Something new however is probably the easiest of the four categories to wear as almost everything you have on will be bought especially for the wedding day.
A wedding dress will be worn once on a wedding day and shoes, underwear, jewellery and the veil will often be brand new out of the packet.
Borrowing an item from a woman who has been happily married for many years and wearing it on your wedding day can be seen to bestow such luck on other wearers.
You could also go for a more sentimental borrowed item by borrowing a silk handkerchief from anyone who is unable to attend your wedding. Sew it to the inner lining of your dress and this way they can be close to you on your big day and be with you the entire day.
Other borrowed items could include a veil or a jewel encrusted head piece. Hiring a dress doesn’t count!
We’re not suggesting that you wear a bright blue wedding dress –well you can if you like. Blue can be brought in subtly with earrings encrusted with aquamarine, topaz and turquoise gemstones or blue lace underwear. The most common introduction of blue however comes in the form of a garter.
Worn under the dress high on the thigh the garter has even worked its way into Western wedding tradition. The garter is removed by the groom as a symbolic action of deflowering the bride.
As the bride throws her bouquet at the end of the reception to dictate who is next to marry, the garter is tossed to an unmarried male guest. This guest will then place it on the leg of the lady who caught the bouquet and ask her to dance. It’s match making at its finest!
The possibilities are endless so we’re sure you’ll find something to fit every category of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’. But if you are choosing platinum wedding bands as your new item then don’t forget to take a look at our product pages!