A Modern Twist on "Something Old, Something New"

To ensure a happy marriage, so the saying goes, a bride should wear one of each of the following on her wedding day: "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe." The saying originated in Victorian England but modern brides everywhere continue to embrace this tradition when choosing their bridal accessories. "Something old" was meant to symbolize the bride's childhood, family and upbringing, while "something new" signified the hope and optimism of the couple's future together. "Something borrowed" is an item loaned by a happily married woman in the hopes that her good luck in marriage extends to the bride-to-be.<br> <br> The "something blue" portion of the saying most likely originated in medieval Rome, where blue was a symbol of loyalty and fidelity. Finally, a silver sixpence worn in the shoe was meant to bring good financial fortune to the newlyweds. In recent decades, brides dropped the "silver sixpence" part, though it's now quite easy to find a genuine silver sixpence (thanks to the Internet). Additionally, many wedding supply stores and dress shops actually keep them on hand for couples who wish to observe the full tradition.<br> <br> Far from the days of old when superstition and strict social conventions made for rigidly structured wedding ceremonies, 21st Century weddings are often less formal and tend to reflect the individual characteristics of the bride and groom. Couples blend the old and new and create distinctive events as unique as they are, picking and choosing which traditions to observe and which to leave behind. Wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue is no exception, and most brides nowadays use it as a way to incorporate some of their favorite things.<br> <br> In the past few decades, generic baby blue garters have been the most common way to honor the "something blue" portion of the old saying, but there are endless ways to make this tradition uniquely yours. Favorite hairpins, heirloom jewelry and handkerchiefs, flowers, even shoes and undergarments can all serve as your old, new, borrowed and blue. Some brides even combine them; for example, a piece of treasured jewelry that happens to be both old and borrowed, or a new sapphire pendant that serves both as the something new and something blue.<br> <br> Sapphire, the birthstone of September, is a gorgeous way to observe the "blue" part of the tradition, many couples are even opting for colorful sapphire engagement rings and sapphire wedding - https://www.tessa-jewelry.com/ jewelry. If you're planning a fall wedding, blue sapphire is a brilliant choice for both your "something blue" and "something new." The dark saturated blue of sapphire goes especially well with fall wedding colors, which are typically deeper hues than you would find in a summer wedding. And thanks to the famed engagement ring worn by Princess Diana and now Kate Middleton, there's no doubt that blue sapphire will maintain its popularity for years to come.
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