A sixpence in her shoe.
This traditional English rhyme is about the good luck charms handed to a bride before she gets married. These tokens must either be integrated into the bride’s outfit, or carried around by her during the day to symbolise good luck. Such tokens are given to the bride by their mother, sister or close relative and friends. So what do they represent?
Something old represents the continuity of love.
Something new represents the future.
Something borrowed represents happiness – happiness passed to another to start their new life.
Something blue represents purity and love.
The sixpence represents good fortune, a lifetime of prosperity.
Many beautiful brides wear an old family heir loom on their special day such as a brooch, garter, earrings or even a veil from your mother or grandmother’s wedding.
Something new could be a lovely gift from the groom. Items of jewellery are a popular option for this element of the tradition. Something new could also be your wedding dress!
Why not borrow something from your new mother-in-law? It could be their wedding tiara, or veil. This is a nice gesture, joining the two families together in more ways than one.
There is the traditional blue garter that many brides wear however we’ve seen some clever alternatives around, why not stitch the date of your wedding into the lining of your dress in blue thread?
A Sixpence in Her Shoe
This is a very British tradition where the bride wears a sixpence in her shoe to symbolise good fortune, it’s worth a try!
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