Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue, And a lucky sixpence for her shoe
Although this poem dates back to the Victorian Age, SOMETHING BLUE has been connected to weddings for centuries.
In Christianity, the Virgin Mary is most often depicted in blue and as such, blue has become a symbol for purity. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty and fidelity. Today, brides often incorporate a blue component in their outfit for luck and tradition, however, before the 19th Century, blue was a popular colour for the actual wedding gown; a proverb from that time ‘marry in blue, lover be true’.
Although blue is no longer a popular wedding gown choice, brides are always looking for something unique they can incorporate on their wedding day. Choices include an embroidered lace hanky (hankies are also a long standing wedding tradition), monogrammed ‘dress tags’ that are stitched in blue thread and sewn on the hem of the bride’s gown, a blue stone bracelet or even a blue crystal pin to fasten to the bouquet.