At some point in our lives we have all heard of the "four somethings" in the old British saying. For good luck, brides on their wedding day should have "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue." Actually, the complete version ends with "and a sixpence in her shoe".
Some brides still include the sixpence, as it symbolizes prosperity. Aside from rhyming well, this adage highlights the way in which a wedding is a crossroads in a brides life. "Something old" honors the life the bride has had up until now, while "something new" pays tribute to her new life with her husband.
"Something borrowed" helps her to appreciate the people in her life who have supported her. Finally, "something blue" represented fidelity and general good fortune.
Today, brides may be hesitant about sticking to such a traditional adage, as they will have to include “something old.” Fear not. Incorporating “something old” does not necessarily mean using the object for its original purpose. Here are some great ideas on how to include "something old" into your wedding in a whole new way!