The saying ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ holds symbolic meaning for a bride on her wedding day. Its an old and superstitious saying from the Victorian era to bring good luck to the happy couple. But have you ever wondered what the actual meaning is
The bride carrying or wearing an old family heirloom item symbolises the continuity between the family of the bride and the past. An item can be passed down from generation to generation or simply be an old item the bride holds closely to her heart.
As a bride enters the next phase in her life the tradition of having ‘something new’ on her wedding day is thought to represent her new life ahead. Typically the wedding dress is a bride’s chosen ‘something new’ but any new item can represent the future.
Borrowing an item symbolises both happiness and good luck. By borrowing something from a happily married friend or relative, the bride or couple ensures a little of their good fortune rubs off on them.
The colour blue for many centuries has represented purity, love and modesty, virtues of a bride. The colour blue is traditionally incorporated into a bride’s ensemble as an accessory or as part of the floral arrangement tied together with a blue ribbon.