Do we still honor this in 2016? Yes, but it is not as prominent as it has been in the past. Traditionally it comes from an Old English rhyme “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”. Superstition was that if a bride did not receive these small tokens, from her loved ones, her marriage was doomed.
But why? What does all of this mean? Well, glad you asked. Something old represents continuity. Continuity is the unbroken consistent existence of something, in this case, family continuity. This token is usually a vintage piece of family jewelry, earrings, bracelet, or anklet.
Something new represents optimism and hope in the newlywed’s future. Some brides use their wedding dress as their “something new” token. But if you decide against a new dress, your “something new” can be your shoes or jewelry.
Something borrowed represents good fortune or good luck. This token can sometimes be the same as your “something old” token. Usually the mother/grandmother or close friend, will provide this token.
Something blue represents love, fidelity and purity. If the wedding colors do not include blue, this token is usually incognito. Maybe the garter belt is blue or the bride wears blue eye shadow, it may not be readily visible.
Let’s not forget the sixpence in your shoe (which no one ever mentions) represents prosperity and wealth.
Although, today, this tradition is not prominently rehearsed, it can be a fun way of making your day even more special.