“Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
We all know this little rhyme, listing what a bride’s to have with her on her wedding day to insure a long and prosperous marriage, but where did it come from? And why something blue?
The rhyme dates back to 19th century England, when each of these tokens symbolized something the bride’s friends and family wished upon her partnership. “Something old” insured the bride would never forget where she came from, “something new” for the times ahead, and “something borrowed” from a happily married friend or family member, in hopes her happiness would be passed over.