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Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Every bride has heard of the old tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue with her on her wedding day, but not many know why! Here’s a short background to those traditions.

Something old symbolises continuity. It represents the link between the bride and her family and the past. The bride may choose to wear a piece of jewellery belonging to a relative, or perhaps carry a handkerchief on the day.

Something new symbolises good luck, hope and success for the bride in her new married life. This is usually the bride’s wedding dress, but it could also be her wedding ring.

Something borrowed symbolises good fortune in marriage. It can also represent that family and friends will be there for her when she needs them. This borrowed item should be loaned from a happily married woman, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. Anything can be borrowed, but it must be returned to after the wedding. Again, a piece of jewellery, a pair of shoes, anything can be borrowed.

Something blue symbolises love, purity, and faithfulness. This tradition dates back as far as ancient Rome. A blue garter is a popular choice for this item.

These days, some brides do this for fun; others want to honour the centuries old tradition. So will you be a bride who honours this tradition?


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