Today many brides follow the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme which originated in England in the late 19th century:
A sixpence in your shoe.
The four objects commonly added to the bride’s wedding attire or to what she carries with her on the big day are historically just good luck charms. Don't stress too much about them. You can easily accomplish this by keeping the items small and hanging them from the bridal bouquet. For instance, you can include an old photograph borrowed from a family member, tied with a blue ribbon and you’ll have old, new, borrowed, and blue all in the bouquet. Or for a really easy option, you can purchase a trinket that can be pinned or clicked into place.
What these Items Represent
While this practice is still widely practiced today, it belongs to wedding traditions thought to bring good luck. In this case, each item has its own meaning or blessing.
Old represents continuity
New signifies optimism
Borrowed item stands for happiness
Blue symbolizes love, purity, and fidelity
Sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity (largely a British custom)
Most of the time the Maid of Honor is the one responsible for making sure the bride is equipped with these items, but it can be fun to include members of the family too.
Ideas for Something, Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
Including family or other loved ones in this wedding tradition adds an element of sentiment that will become part of your own wedding lore. For instance, go to your mom or sister for something borrowed. And for something old, have dad pull out an old photo of the two of you or a baby picture of you from his wallet just before you walk down the aisle. And ask a brother or uncle or close male family friend to come up with something blue. In this way, it’s more like a wedding scavenger hunt and a great way to create a special memory unique to your wedding story.