How many of you bride have or are planning of doing this on your wedding day?
I am guilty of doing this without even knowing why. Goes for some interesting reading......
Items chosen to bring good luck to the bride. In this case, the veil was borrowed and the handkerchief was new.
This article is about the bridal rhyme. For the "How I Met Your Mother" episode, see Something Old.
"Something old, something new" redirects here. For other uses, see Something old, something new (disambiguation).
"Something old" is the first line of a traditional rhyme which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck:
- Something old,
- something new,
- something borrowed,
- something blue,
- and a silver sixpence in her shoe
It is often recited as the four "somethings", not including the sixpence. The rhyme appears to originate in England, an 1898 compilation of English folklore reciting that:
In this country an old couplet directs that the bride shall wear:— "Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue." "The something blue" takes, I am given to understand, usually the form of a garter, an article of dress which plays an important part in some wedding rites, as, for instance, in the old custom of plucking off the garter of the bride. "The something old" and " something blue" are devices to baffle the Evil Eye. The usual effect on the bride of the Evil Eye is to render her barren, and this is obviated by wearing "something borrowed", which should properly be the undergarment of some woman who has been blessed with children: the clothes communicate fertility to the bride.
Another compilation of the era frames this poem as "a Lancashire version", as contrast against a Leicestershire recitation that "a bride on her wedding day should wear – 'Something new, Something blue, Something borrowed'...", and so omits the 'something old.' The authors note that this counters other regional folklore warning against the wearing of blue on the wedding day, but relates the use of the color to phrases like 'true blue' which make positive associations with the color.