By Gina Marie Falk
Trying to fulfill the classic wedding quartet, but still in need of Something Blue? Discover the history of a favorite bridal tradition. Here are some clever ways to incorporate a little blue into your wedding day look.
The Old English rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe” has added a special touch to weddings since its initial popularity. Each “something” acts as a marital good luck charm of sorts. Obviously, “something old” represents continuity. “Something new,” optimism. Then there’s “something borrowed” which symbolizes happiness, and “something blue” stands for love and fidelity. “A sixpence in your shoe” is a bit anachronistic in the American wedding tradition. It originally represented good fortune and prosperity.
Typically, the “something blue” is found beneath the bride’s dress, usually wrapped around her leg in the form of a garter. While some still prefer this method, there are various options for either a more obvious or clever “something blue.” If you and your partner are into planning ahead, a sapphire engagement ring could do the trick. However, any jewelry with blue stones (turquoise, sapphire, etc.) would provide ample inclusion of “something blue.” For those who are seeking to break tradition in a very straightforward way while still keeping with four “something’s,” opting for a blue dress would certainly achieve the ultimate bridal wow factor.
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