The origin of the popular phrase "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" is a Victorian era rhyme from England, first documented around 1800. The original rhyme ends with an additional phrase, "a silver penny in her shoe." This wedding tradition has come to Germany in recent decades due to the influence of American television. Bridal shoe specialist Vivikka clarifies what the meaning behind this saying is.
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a silver penny in her shoe".
We break down this saying piece by piece:
- "Something old" should ward off the evil eye that causes infertility.
- "Something new" should represent the new chapter in the couple's life.
- "Something borrowed" was supposed to bring happiness by borrowing something from a happily married couple to transfer the happiness to themselves.
- And finally, "something blue" as well as "the old" in the first sentence, should help ward off the evil eye that causes infertility.
Here's how you can wear elegant blue accessories
A common way for the bride to wear something blue is a blue garter under the dress. If it's borrowed, you'll even kill two birds with one stone.
Other ways to wear something blue in the outfit lies in the accessories, such as the bridal shoes, bridal clutch or jewelry.
Or you can be like Princess Katherine "Kate" Middleton and opt for something more understated. She had a small blue ribbon sewn to the inside of her dress. Meghan Markle did something similar: she had a piece of blue fabric from her first date with Prince Harry sewn into her veil.
I'm sure you'll have an idea how to follow this tradition, too.