Something Borrowed, Something Blue…?


Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… Ever wondered where this little rhyme originated and what it means?

Dating back to Victorian-era England, the rhyme alludes to four traditional talismans of good luck. Something old stands for continuity with the bride’s family and past, something new symbolizes optimism for the future, something borrowed should be borrowed from a happily-married friend or family member (with hope that their happiness will be yours), and the color blue has symbolized purity, love, and fidelity dating all the way back to the Roman age. Ever heard of the other old saying, Marry in blue, lover be true?

It’s entirely your choice to include all or some of these good luck charms in your day; some brides wear all four items, and some simply incorporate each into the wedding details.

Ideas for the first three may come easily—a grandmother’s ring, a great-aunt’s pendant, a borrowed veil or tiara—but choosing something blue can be a little baffling if blue isn’t a part of your wedding colors. Many brides traditionally choose a garter with blue ribbon woven into the lace, but don’t be afraid to get a little creative.

If you want the blue but your colors are opposite hues, stay away from more vibrant shades and go for something a little more subtle, like these shimmering Betsey Johnson heels in champagne with charming sea-colored soles (Macy’s, $139), or look for jewelry with light or dusk-hued stones (shown: Alexandrite Point Drops, Anthropologie, $138). Head to the nail salon and choose a dusty periwinkle or cornflower blue for an endearing nod to the old tradition—mani and pedi, or just on the toes if you’d rather stick to a more demure nude or blush lacquer on your hands. (shown: Borrowed & Blue, Essie, $8.50). Feeling thrifty? Grab a needle and thread and stitch your wedding date (or have Grandma do it) in blue thread along the hem of your dress.

Do you plan on including something blue on your big day? What will it be?