You can call it superstition or a wedding-day tradition, but we love this saying that comes from an Old English rhyme; Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe. Usually a friend or relative will gift these to a bride on the morning of her wedding as a special gesture or token of love – which often results in a few tears of joy.
This is largely a British custom and the items are either worn by the bride or carried with her throughout the day. Though it’s typically something that works best for the civil ceremony, there’s no reason why a South Asian bride can’t incorporate these into her Indian wedding. Here’s how:
This typically represents continuity and can be something precious that has either been passed down through generations, or something which belongs to an older sister, aunt, mother or grandmother.
Our pick: A pair of old gold bangles, which are likely to match any outfit.
This is all about looking forward and represents optimism for the future. Your wedding outfit can technically be classed as your something new, however it doesn’t really count as a gift, so if you want to buy something new, here’s what we suggest.
Our pick: A pair of classic earrings that can even be worn post the wedding day or a pair of beautiful anklets.
This is an emotional one as it’s usually something which is cherished but given to the bride just for the day, representing borrowed happiness.
Our pick: A cherished ring or perhaps even a traditional broach to enhance the wedding outfit.
Out of all the above, this is perhaps the most difficult for an Indian bride, mainly because blue tends not to match well with the usual classic reds, whites, greens and even pinks. The idea of something blue represents purity, love and fidelity.
Our pick: Perhaps blue undergarments or maybe a handkerchief for the bride to keep beside her throughout the ceremony to wipe away any tears.
The Sixpence In Her Shoe
Well this might have to wait until the bride leaves the mandap as it’s a no-shoe zone. Alternatively, she could carry a sixpence with the ceremonial coconut, but whether or not this would still be valid, we’re not quite sure.