Every bride knows the saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue,” but what are the phrased origins? Generally, the old, new, and borrowed objects symbolize a cherished loved one who could not be there, the bright beginning of a new chapter, and something special passed down from the generations. And why something “blue“?
According to The Knot, the phrase comes from the english saying “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe,” which allude to the object the bride possesses on her wedding day as good luck tokens, and the blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity. According to Martha, blue has been associated with weddings for centuries. During ancient Roman wedding ceremonies, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. In the Christian faith, the Virgin Mary is often depicted blue dress, so purity is also associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular wedding dress color, which led to the saying, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”
Today, to celebrate “that something blue,” we have searched the archives to see the unique blue aspects that have popped up throughout our weddings. From shoe to teacup, cake to bouquet, our brides have included their “something blue” in the most creative ways.
Written By: Kathryn MacGovern