The most well known tradition dates back to 1883 in Lancashire England detailing what a bride
should wear on her wedding day to have a successful marriage. We all know it as "Something Old,
Something New" The original rhyme has an extra line not everyone has heard. It reads as follows:
AND A SILVER SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE
"Something Old" is to provide protection for the bride's eventual baby.
"Something Borrowed" refers to something another happy bride has already worn, which was
meant to transfer their good fortune onto the new bride's relationship. Some sources say the
garment was to ward off the Evil Eye from spurned suitors, which presumably leaving the
woman barren. For this reason it was recommended to use the undergarment of a woman who
had been blessed with children to communicate fertility to the bride.
"Something Blue" is another device to baffle the Evil Eye. It is recommended to wear a blue
garter under a white wedding dress.
"A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe" is a symbol for prosperity for the new couple.
"Something New" it seems was added to complete the rhyme; since there is no known source or
meaning behind this phrase. (Most brides are wearing something new anyway!)
Taken as a whole, the bride who wears these five items has all the ingredients for a successful
marriage in the years to come.