My somethings.

You know what I’m talking about.

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

This rhyme, which details what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck, is one of my favorite wedding traditions. It’s sweet and sentimental and completely non-controversial. It’s one of the easiest ways to incorporate a personal touch into your wedding. And although practically everybody does it, nobody does it the same way – the combinations of “somethings” are infinite!

I’m so excited to share my somethings with you, and I’m even more excited to wear every single one of them on my wedding day. I mean, I need all the luck I can get.

Something old: This represents the old life that the bride is leaving behind and is symbolic of moving on to the future. My engagement ring and wedding band originally belonged to my maternal grandmother, who was married in 1958. Although I never knew her – she passed away in 1987, just a few months before I was born – it’s an honor to wear her rings. I can only hope my marriage will be as happy as hers (from what I’ve been told, anyway).

Fotor0226185036(Personal photos: my grandparents on their wedding day, and my grandmother’s/my engagement ring in a cute little ring holder I was given at my bridal shower.)

Something new: This symbolizes optimism and hope for the bride’s future. My dress, veil, and shoes are all brand spanking new. Easy!

Something borrowed: I love the meaning behind this – it’s a reminder that the bride can always depend on her friends and family. I briefly touched on this in an earlier post; I will be borrowing my Alpha Delta Pi sisters’ pins and incorporating them into my bouquet. My sorority sisters are both friends and family. They’ve seen me through the best of times and the worst of times. To have a piece of ADPi with me as I walk down the aisle will mean so much.

6060133567_026172e3c3_o(Image via Nashville Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae on Flickr.)

Another something borrowed that I feel privileged to incorporate into my wedding day? Longtime readers may be aware of a set of bee charms that is passed from blogger to blogger as we get married. I am so excited to get my hands on these sweet little bees and wear them on the big day!

Something blue: This represents fidelity, loyalty, and love – what marriage is all about, am I right? Which makes sense, because historically, blue was a really popular wedding color. My something blue is another something borrowed; my fabulous great aunt is lending me sapphire and diamond earrings, as well as a coordinating bracelet.


(Appallingly terrible personal photo.)

In addition, because I’m a nail polish fiend and neutrals just don’t cut it for me, maybe I’ll be wearing a blue mani or pedi! I’ve been wearing a lot of navy lately, but a nice baby blue could be perfect for a spring wedding, no?


(Gorgeous blue nail polish swatches via The Beauty Collection.)

And a silver sixpence in her shoe: This oft-forgotten part of the rhyme symbolizes wealth, or at the very least, financial security. Unfortunately, the actual sixpence coin stopped being minted in 1970. A common substitution these days is a penny or a dime. However, it’s still really easy to get your hands on an actual sixpence, should you be taking this rhyme extremely literally (like me). You can either go fancy, or you can be like me and eBay it. I got mine for less than a dollar. Considering the presence of this coin in my shoe on my wedding day will inevitably lead to making it rain, it’s an investment.


(I HAD TO. Image via Tumblr.)

So those are my somethings. I love each and every one of them. Sure, this may be a silly superstition, but I had a lot of fun thinking about how I would incorporate it into my wedding day.

Tell me about your somethings!


One thought on “My somethings.

  1. I didn’t know you got a sixpence! I’ve been holding on to those six pences 🙂

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