Something Old….. | St. Simons Island Wedding Planner

Wedding traditions have been handed down to us from our own families, from friends, and from bride to bride over the years.  

We’ve all heard of the saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” and there are many ways to follow this tradition.

Something Old

  • This is usually an item that has belonged to your grandmother or elderly family member.  It could be a piece of heirloom jewelry, a handkerchief, or a small family bible.  Represents future happiness. 


Something New

  • This is usually the bride’s wedding gown, her shoes, or other new purchase for this special day. Represents future success.

Something Borrowed

  • This is usually an item belonging to a close friend or family member.  It is most often made of gold, such as a piece of jewelry.  Represents future wealth.

Something Blue

  • This is usually a blue gemstone piece of jewelry, blue flowers in the bride’s bouquet, or a blue garter.  Represents true love and loyalty.

Another popular wedding tradition or folklore is a sixpence in the bride’s shoe.  The sixpence in her shoe is usually a shiny new dime or penny and should be worn in the heel of the bride’s left shoe.  This represents a prosperous future.

Another variation of this is for the bride to wear a penny with the groom’s year of birth in her left shoe and for the groom to wear a penny with the bride’s year of birth in his left shoe.

For good luck on your wedding day, you might pay attention to these superstitions and folklore.    

  • The luckiest flower for your wedding is the orange blossom, either in your bouquet or as a floral décor.


  • It is said to be good luck if a cat sneezes in front of the bride on the day before a wedding.


  • If the bride sees a lamb, a dove, a spider, or a frog on the way to the wedding, it is said to be good luck.


  • For good luck, the bride has to step over the threshold of the church door with her right foot when she enters and when she leaves.


  • If it snows on your wedding day, it is said that you will receive a dollar for every snowflake that falls on you.  It also means happiness for the bride and groom.


  • If the sun shines on the bride and groom as they leave the church, it is said to be a promise of good luck.

Most brides don’t take all of these superstitions seriously, but even if they don’t, they usually will at least remember the “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” tradition…..just in case!

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