History of Wedding Traditions

Every bride has heard the old adage “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  But do you know where the saying came from? The phrase is an Old English rhyme that lists 4 items that are promised to bring brides good luck on their wedding day. 

Let’s review: 

  1. Something Old – Is an item that is 5 years or older. Having something old on your wedding day is a symbol connecting your old life (before marriage) with your new. 

Examples of Something Old: Fabric from a relative’s gown, family heirlooms, or a vintage getaway car 

  1. Something New – Is an item that you would buy specifically for the wedding. It symbolizes an optimistic future full of hope and prosperity for the bride and groom. 

Examples of Something New: Jewelry, Sentimental Handkerchief, or matching tattoos 

  1. Something Borrowed – Is an item you would borrow from a friend or family member. Originally the bride was expected to borrow something from another bride who has had long and happy marriage – by borrowing an item it was understood that the bride would “borrow” some of the couples happiness for her wedding day.

Examples of Something Borrowed: A first dance song, A veil, or cake flavor / recipe 

  1. Something Blue – A blue item represents purity, love, and fidelity. Before white wedding dresses were made popular in 1840 by Queen Victoria, most wedding dresses were blue. It was said that blue was meant to baffle the eye. 

Examples of Something Blue: Nails, flowers, or groomsman suites 


Whether you believe in superstitions or not, this rhythm is a fun tradition that can allow family members and friends to contribute to your wedding. If you need help finding something new for your big day, we would love to help you find the gown of your dreams.