“You may have heard people say you need “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” for your wedding day. In fact, this little sayingditty has inspired one of the most popular traditions around. Many brides who don’t follow other wedding conventions will make an effort to add something old and something new to their bridal ensemble, along with something borrowed and something blue. But what is the something old, something new meaning? Where did this rhyme come from?
The History of Something Old, Something New
The famous wedding recipe derives from the Old English rhyme, “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”—which names the four good-luck objects (plus a sixpence) a bride should include somewhere in her wedding outfit or carry with her on her wedding day. According to Reader’s Digest, the rhyme came about in the Victorian era from Lancashire, a county in England. Most of the ingredients in the rhyme are meant to ward off the Evil Eye, which, according to Reader’s Digest, was “a curse passed through a malicious glare that could make a bride infertile.” “