Super-organised bridesmaid asked me the other day if I'd sorted my "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (and a sixpence in her shoe)".
I, of course, haven't - instead assuming that all my bases would be covered during the normal gathering of wedding goodies process that has been the past year.
It's a quite cute wedding thing, I reckon. To be getting married in the first place means you're already doing something quite traditional so drawing on various "good luck" traditions makes sense (and I've found that even some of the most "untraditional" brides still hark back to this four-line tradition as a wish for their future happiness).
So what does it all mean?
I did some investigating. OK, I Googled it, but still.
Something old: This is a nod to the past and generally your family. We have few family heirlooms, and the one super, uber-precious thing I own (a greenstone brooch from a great-great grandmother) I deemed TOO special to include in the day because if I lost it I would be rather devastated.
A friend wore an heirloom given to her by her mother-in-law on the day, only to lose it in the park where they were getting photos done afterwards. Cue all of the bridal party on hands and knees, scratching around trying to find it. As if by some amazing miracle - they did!
For my "something old", my Mum is giving me one of my nana's hankies to pin to the inside of my dress.
Something new: This is supposed to represent the future and all things new.
My dress is new, so that kind of ticks that off, but my mother-in-law-to-be (she's new too, I guess!) has given me some new earrings which are perfect and I'll wear those on the day.
Something borrowed: I'm still not quite sure what I'll do for this one. The tradition of borrowing something on your wedding day is supposed to work by you receiving something from someone who is happily married and their good-marriage-juju-vibes carry across. Just this weekend the MIL (again! How good is she?) gave me some shoes to borrow for the wedding day. They're perfect and just what I was after, so maybe they'll count?
Something blue: Hmmm, bit of a hard one. Wiki says: "...blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolise love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the colour. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular coloor for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, 'Marry in blue, lover be true'."
Well, my dress ain't blue, so there goes that idea.
I might leave this one up to my bridesmaids to fulfil. Failing that I'll paint my toenails blue or something. Does that count? What are some blue suggestions?
Are you or did you do the 'something old...' at your wedding? And um, anyone got a silver sixpence?
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