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Wedding: My “Somethings”

by Meghann on July 31, 2012

I think I have all of my “somethings” finally squared away.

Something Old: My mom’s veil


Something New: My dress


Something Borrowed: My mom’s sapphire bracelet


Something Blue: My ring


I’m not a fan of all superstitious wedding traditions for “luck,” but I really enjoy the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue one.

I was actually curious where the “somethings” came from, so I looked it up on Wikipedia

Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy. “Something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past. “Something new” means optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead. “Something borrowed” is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.

As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

I’m not sure if all are really required for a lucky marriage, but I do love the symbolism behind each of them.

Did you have all of the “somethings” for your wedding?

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