Who’s going to be doing the traditional "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?" on their wedding day, then? For me, the jury’s still out. My best friend has offered to lend me "something borrowed", but unless all of the other parts of the rhyme fall into my lap in similar fashion, I suspect I’ll be too lazy to actually go out and find them all.
It was only recently that I heard the full rhyme, and realised that it ends with the line "and a sixpence in your shoe". Now, that’s one thing I definitely won’t be doing. Not only are sixpences in short supply round our way (although there’s always ebay!), my shoes just wouldn’t comfortably accommodate a sixpence!
I only recently found out what the rhyme means, too. (Can you tell I’ve been doing a lot of reading since getting engaged?). Apparently the "something old" is a symbol of the old life the bride is about to leave behind, "something new" is a symbol of the life she’s about to start, "something borrowed" should come from a happily married woman, and is a good luck charm, "something blue" is a fertility symbol, and the sixpence is supposed to bring you riches. Maybe time to rethink that sixpence after all, then…
I suspect I probably won’t bother with any of this, but who knows: as the wedding grows closer I may have a change of heart and be back here begging for ideas for my "something blue". In the meantime, here’s a suggestion for those of you who’re following the old tradition and need something blue for yourselves: this ‘Marguerite’ wedding garter with blue bow is £16.95 at BitsnStuff.co.uk.