What Does "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" Mean?

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    What Does "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" Mean?

    "Something borrowed, something blue" is part of the longer adage "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe." The maxim refers to good-luck tokens bestowed upon a bride on her wedding day.

    Good-luck charms for the bride include items that are old, new, borrowed and blue. (Wedding bouquet the bride on background of wedding dress image by Aliaksandr Zabudzko from Fotolia.com)

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    Something Old

    The "old" item is something that connects the bride to her family and past, and represents the continuity of life as the old ways join the new.

    Heirloom jewellery is a popular way for a bride to represent her past. (jewellery box image by Igor Groshev from Fotolia.com)

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    Something New

    The "new" item represents optimism about the new life being embarked upon.

    A brand-new wedding gown can represent the new life to come. (wedding gown image by sparkia from Fotolia.com)

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    Something Borrowed

    The "borrowed" item comes from a happily married friend or family member, who hopes that her good fortune in marriage will be shared by the new couple.

    Wrapping the bridal bouquet in a borrowed handkerchief is one way to "borrow" an item. (handkerchiefs image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

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    Something Blue

    The colour blue has been associated with weddings for centuries by many different cultures. Brides in ancient Israel wore blue bows in their hair to signify fidelity, and brides in ancient Rome wore blue wedding gowns. In England, the colour symbolises loyalty, and it is said that those who wear blue have true love. In the United States during the Civil War, blue lace garters were indicative of virginity.

    Many brides choose to wear a blue garter for their "blue" object. (sexy Braut image by Jürgen Pannes from Fotolia.com)

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    Silver Sixpence

    The silver sixpence to be placed in the bride's shoe symbolises wealth and financial security.

    Tucking a silver sixpence in her shoe is a wish for wealth and prosperity. (wedding accessories image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

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