Something old something new a traditional wedding rhythm that tells what a bride should wear on her wedding day to bring good luck to her future marriage.
These four good-luck objects were part of a superstition that you need them included in your big day to have a happy marriage, prosperous future with healthy children.
Brides have been following this custom for centuries. But why?
Something Old Something New
Traditional: Continuity and Protect future children
What a great reason to wear something sentimental
Tradition: Optimism for the future
Marriage is “something new” entering into a new chapter in life and getting a new husband
The wedding dress is often referred to as something new.
Tradition: Good luck and borrowed happiness
Borrowing something from a happily married friend or relative ensures some of their good fortunes rubs off on your marriage.
History Something old something new
The first recounted version is in 1898 a compilation of English folklore then included as part of a short story in the St James’ Magazine in 1871. Then the so-called Lancashire version in an 1876 newspaper where it was reported a wedding where the bride wore items according to ancient customs.
And like most superstitions, it doesn’t entirely make sense.
It was believed the something blue and something old were to protect the bride against from the Evil Eye a curse passed from a malicious glare that could make the bride infertile.
The something borrowed should be from an already happy Bride to transfer their luck onto the new marriage. Also believing it to ward off the evil eye of spurned suitors glare which could leave the women barren.
Traditionally the borrowed would be undergarments of a woman who already had children this was believed to trick the Evil Eye into thinking the bride was already fertile, and break any curses.