Old, new, bor­rowed, blue

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This tra­di­tion comes from an Old English rhyme ("Some­thing Olde, Some­thing New, Some­thing Bor­rowed, Some­thing Blue, A Six­pence in your Shoe"), and the four ob­jects that the bride adds to her wed­ding out­fit or car­ries with her on the big day are just good luck charms.

Don't stress too much about them -- they are the lit­tle to­kens of love your mother, sis­ter, other rel­a­tives, and at­ten­dants will give you at the eleventh hour (although you can give them to your­self, too).

Some­thing old rep­re­sents con­ti­nu­ity; some­thing new of­fers op­ti­mism for the fu­ture; some­thing bor­rowed sym­bol­izes bor­rowed hap­pi­ness; some­thing blue stands for pu­rity, love, and fi­delity; and a six­pence in your shoe is a wish for good for­tune and pros­per­ity, although this re­mains largely a Bri­tish cus­tom.

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