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The Meaning of ‘Something Old, Something New…’

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As the premier wedding venue in Destin, we have seen ceremonies include many different traditions over the years at the Destin Bay House. The most popular wedding tradition is “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Ever wonder where this tradition came from?

Well, it comes from an Old English rhyme that brides follow for good luck on the wedding day. Sometimes these items are given to the bride from family members or the bride collects them throughout her wedding planning.

Something old represents continuity and tradition, while something new is a symbol for the new life as a married woman ahead of her. Something borrowed is usually an item borrowed from another happy bride to represent borrowed happiness on her big day. Something blue stands for fidelity, purity, and love.

There is one last aspect to this rhyme that some brides may not be familiar with, however. It goes “a sixpence in her shoe,” and is the end of the saying. The tradition began when it was customary for the groom to give his bride a piece of silver, often a sixpence, as a wedding gift. A sixpence represents six pennies, and it evolved into another wedding tradition that symbolizes good luck.

We love seeing what items our brides choose to use in this tradition. Book your event on the Gulf Coast at our Destin wedding venue and start looking for your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” today!

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