Good Luck Gifts for the Bride

Updated February 21, 2017

Good luck gifts have strong roots in the history of marriage. Finding the right good luck gift helps you express your good wishes to the bride. With the right present you will be able to share your best wishes with her, make her smile brightly and share a moment that she won't forget.

Lucky Sixpence Coin

A lucky sixpence coin remains a traditional good luck gift for a bride. This tradition originates from the old rhyme "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe." If a bride carried all objects in the rhyme she could expect good health, wealth and a lasting marriage. Silver sixpence coins circulated in Britain from 1551 to 1967, but according to Martha Stewart Weddings the tradition of putting the sixpence in a shoe is thought to come from Scotland. A Scottish groom would place a sixpence at the bottom of his foot for good luck. Over time the bride began to place a sixpence coin in her shoe for eternal love, luck and happiness.


Horseshoes are a symbol of good luck in general. Traditionally the horseshoe was seen as a defence against witches and evil spirits. It was thought that while it warded off bad spirits, it would also reap wealth and good health. Most horseshoes are made of iron, which is perceived as a metal for luck in England and Denmark. The iron combined with the crescent moon shape makes the horseshoe a long-lasting symbol of fortune and good luck. Decorate a wedding gift horseshoe with lace, ribbons and flowers.

Wooden Spoon

In Wales it was traditional for a man to give the woman he loved a beautifully designed wooden spoon. The wooden spoon symbolised his love, care and commitment. If the woman accepted and kept the spoon then he knew she loved him too. However, if she sent the spoon back to him then he knew his love was unrequited. Today the wooden spoon is given as a wedding good luck gift. It is meant to symbolise the dedication and love of the couple, and give the couple good luck.


Flowers make a beautiful wedding gift and carry a variety of good luck interpretations around the world. The Dutch, for example, believe lavender brings good luck for weddings. Lavender can be dried and used as confetti to represent good luck, fertility and fortune.

Something Green

Green is a lucky colour in several cultures. Moroccan weddings use green colours in weddings to bring good luck. In India the bridal couple is given green leaves, oats and rice to bring wellness, happiness and fortune. A green gift shows you wish good luck to the bride, whether you offer a piece of green clothing, a green ribbon or a piece of green jewellery incorporating jade or emeralds.

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Beth Porter has been a writer since 2008, with strong experience in early childhood education, gardening, home living and crafts. Porter is presently attending college, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education at the University of Cincinnati.