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Don’t Forget The Penny In Your Shoe…

July 12, 2010

There are some wedding traditions that we could definitely do without – think tacky congo lines and frenzied single girls throwing punches for the bouquet.  However one that we love is having something old, new, borrowed, and blue on your wedding day.  It seems this tradition has been around forever and different cultures have varying ways of practicing it – but where did it come from?  It turns out, the whole saying is actually:

Something old, something new,

Something borrowed, something blue,

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

Unless you’re British  you might not know that a sixpence is a coin worth six pennies.  So the saying actually comes from across the Atlantic and is believed to have begun during the Victorian Era in England.

Each item is supposed to bring luck to the bride in a number of ways: something old to symbolize continuity with her family and heritage; something new for a happy future; something borrowed (which is supposed to be from a family member or friend who is already married) so their good fortune and happy marriage will carry over to the newly-weds; something blue to honor the historical tradition of wearing blue on your wedding day to symbolize purity, loyalty, and faithfulness; and the sixpence is to bring financial security.  We’re not sure where the sixpence went but we say bring it back – couldn’t we all use a little more moo-lah in our lives??

We love this tradition, and think it’s a great way to pay homage to important people in your life on your wedding day.  For example, your something borrowed could be from someone whose marriage you admire and want to emulate.  Your something old could be a brooch passed down from your grandmother and pinned to your bouquet.  Your something new, if you don’t count your gorgeous new wedding gown, could be a piece of jewelry bought for you by your main man for the big day.  And don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the something blue – both our Mojuba Bride and Mojuba Groom bag have a blue Turkish evil eye to bring good luck!

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