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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe – the 4 Irreplaceables for the bride!

This custom originated in the Victorian epoch but is widely known in other cultures as well. The bride needs "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue..". And the last part of this saying is nearly forgotten "and a silver sixpence in your shoe". The silver sixpence used to be placed inside the left shoe of the bride und represents prosperity, joy and bliss in matrimony. The "something old" represents the continuation of old family traditions and also the old life of the bride which she leaves behind. The "something new" signifies optimism for the new chapter of her life. There are different types of stories passed down concerning this. The "old and new something" can also characterize the transition from the unwed status into the married status. The "something borrowed" is a lucky charm and stands for friendship. The blue color expresses eternity and loyalty. It also is associated with Mother Mary. Blue represents purity and loyalty in biblical terms und is the color of a happy married life since 600 years. The "something old" often is family jewelry or the bridal veil of the mother, the "something new" is the wedding dress, the borrowed is a bag or the white gloves of the bridesmaid, the blue is usually the garter.