Etsy Pick of the Week – Something Blue

Something old, something new,

something borrowed, something blue,

and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

Sounds familiar… right? But what does it mean? Where did this phrase come from?!

This popular wedding tradition originates from an old English poem and is performed in order to bring good luck to the newlywed couple. Usually, the bride would find four items (maybe family heirlooms) to add to her wedding outfit as good luck charms. Each item represents something different —  something old represents continuity, something new represents optimism and hope, something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, something blue for purity, love, and fidelity, and a sixpence in your shoe represents good fortune and prosperity.

It might be easy to find the old, new, and borrowed, but what about something blue? I found some great items on Etsy that could work for your something blue on your big day!

Etsy Seller HannabellaDesigns

Etsy Seller CoutureWeddingHankie

Etsy Seller MarryInBlue

Etsy Seller sunshineandvodka

 Did you participate in this wedding tradition? If so, what items did you use?

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  • SaraApril 25, 2013 - 9:41 pm

    Great ideas! Love the shoe tickers…and the history lesson. My husband and I were just discussing this at a wedding last weekend.ReplyCancel

  • SandraJanuary 29, 2015 - 5:47 pm

    I just saw this. Thank you sooooo much for featuring my custom embroidered wedding hankie for your article!ReplyCancel

    • EmilyJanuary 30, 2015 - 6:28 am

      You are so welcome, Sandra! They are so cute!ReplyCancel

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