“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
Almost every bride has heard this saying before, but many brides tend to forget about the last line. In fact, the line about the silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe gives great insight into where the saying originated…
According to Martha Stewart Weddings, the sixpence is a silver coin that is worth six pennies and it was created in Britain between 1551 and 1967. This indicates that the saying signifies an old English tradition that many brides incorporated into their weddings.
Each line of the saying represents something that will bring luck to the bride on her wedding day. It is said that if the bride carries all five of the items with her on her wedding day, she will have a happy and loving marriage.
symbolizes the continued existence of the bride’s family and past in her new life as a wife.
signifies hope and cheer for the bride’s marriage in the future.
serves as a reminder to the bride that she can always depend on her friends and family. The item is typically something the bride receives from a happily married friend or family member and the luck from this item is supposed to be passed onto the new bride.
has been connected to weddings for many centuries. In fact, in ancient Rome, brides use to wear blue gowns instead of white ones to represent purity, love, modesty, and fidelity.
“A silver sixpence in her shoe”
stands for prosperity and financial protection for the bride and her marriage. For optimal fortune, the sixpence should be placed in the bride’s left shoe. Today, brides can use a dime or a copper penny to replace the sixpence.
This week I will be sharing unique ways for brides to incorporate these five items into their own weddings in a series titled: A Bride’s Five Lucky Charms
Check out the first post of the series tomorrow to find that something old that will be just perfect for the big day!