Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

We all know this saying but did you know that it comes from a Victorian wedding tradition?

A bride at her wedding should wear:

Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue,
And a sixpence in the shoe.

Or, in the United States:

…And a new dime in the shoe.

The “old” must be something which has belonged to a happily married woman. The wearing of such an item insures a lucky transfer of happiness to the new bride. The “new” is the wedding gown, the shoes, or other apparel of the bride. The “borrowed” must be some object of gold to guarantee wealth and fortune in the future. The “blue” is symbolic of the heavens and also of true love. The “sixpence” or “new dime” must be worn in the heel of the left shoe to insure wealth and prosperity.

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