Starting today, and each Thursday, we'll be talking about
wedding traditions, from where they originated to what they mean.
The old rhyme "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" is said to have originated in Victorian times and is still one of the most common wedding traditions used.
Each of these "somethings" carries symbolic meaning related to the object the bride carries to represent it.
Whether it's an heirloom engagement ring or wearing your mother's veil, the "something old" is said to symbolize continuity.
This is probably the easiest part of this tradition to incorporate, whether it's your wedding dress or shoes for the big day. The "something new" symbolizes optimism and hope for the future.
The tradition of "something borrowed" is said to represent future happiness. The bride borrows something from a happily married friend or family member with hopes of also having this happiness in her own marriage. It is often carried out by pinning a handkerchief belonging to a female relative under your wedding dress.
Though we usually think of the color white symbolizing purity, the "something blue" is also to symbolize purity. In the early days of the tradition, brides and grooms would even wear a band of blue fabric somewhere on their wedding clothing. Today, the "something blue" could be as simple as a blue garter or tucking a blue pin in your hair.
Have fun coming up with ideas for how you can personalize this tradition for your own wedding!