Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Every bride has heard the adage: Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. But what does it really mean?

Something Old: This part represents the link between the bride’s family and her ancestors as well as being a symbol of continuity. A traditional item for the “something old” might be a piece of antique jewelry, a part of her mother or grandmother’s bouquet or dress, or even a handkerchief.

Something New: This represents good luck, success, and dreams of a bright future. Usually a bride’s something new is her own gown, her flowers, her rings, or a piece of jewelry that her beloved has given her.

Something Borrowed: Borrowing an item — usually from another happily married woman — represents the ties from her family and friends who will be with her throughout her marital journey.

Something Blue: Blue is a symbol of faithfulness, purity, and loyalty. A bride might use a blue garter, wear a piece of blue jewelry, or theme wedding flowers in blue hues.

By Diana George Chapin