Getting Married, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

The full wording of this popular bridal attire rhyme is 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe'.

Placing a silver sixpence in the bride's left shoe is a symbol of wealth.


Something old refers to wearing something that represents a link with the bride's family and her old life.

Wearing something new represents good fortune and success in the bride's new life.

Wearing something borrowed, which has already been worn by a happy bride at her wedding.

Wearing something blue dates back to biblical times when the colour blue was considered to represent purity and fidelity.

Legal requirements Civil ceremony Church Documents required Costs Best man Bridesmaids Matron of honour Something old Veil Threshold Third Finger First On The Dance Floor Why The Bride Stands On The left Bridal flowers Leap year Proposals Throwing confetti Diary Page Boy, Flower girl Photographer Ushers Speeches Stationary Wedding Cake