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A New Take on Something Blue

By Megan Jenkins
Posted on February 24 2017

We've all heard the old adage that suggests those about to be married don something blue. The classic bridal rhyme, you'll recall, states that a bride should wear "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," and for extra points, "and a silver sixpence in her shoe." This saying originated in the UK, but has worked its way into popular culture the world over. It was quoted as a Puritan marriage custom by the Warren Ledger in Pennsylvania in 1894, and the rest is history.

It may not surprise you that this saying, in today's terms, is quite archaic. Traditionally, something old is meant to protect the baby soon to be conceived (which is quite presumptive, if you ask us), something new is meant to signal optimism for the future, something borrowed—from another happy wife—is a hope for marital happiness, and something blue signals fidelity and purity. The sixpence in your shoe is a symbol of prosperity, and, as an added bonus, wards off evil. Seems like a pretty sweet deal.

Of course, for many people, the meaning of this rhyme has come to represent ideas and hopes completely separate from their initial incarnations. Oftentimes, it's simply a gesture of tradition. So, we've collected a few of our favourite incorporations of the colour blue for your wedding planning consideration.

Photos from Alexander James, La Perla, and Megan Welker.

Photos from Albert Palmer Photography, Davie and Chiyo, and Greer G Photography.

Photos from BHLDN (did you see our recent collab with BHLDN?), bouquet by Mindy Rice Design and photo by Jose Villa, and James Moes.

Well, what do you think? Blue dresses are also a bit of a wildcard, but that soft baby blue might be perfect for the avant-garde or "fine art" bride. Who  says traditions have to be honoured in traditional ways?

Find a few more ideas over on our Something Blue pinterest board!

 

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