Well-known Wedding Traditions and Where They Come From

An image of bride and groom holding each others hands. Both the bride and groom are wearing wedding rings and the the bride is holding a bouquet.

Wedding traditions are passed down through the generations and add a little extra fun to the big day. However, have you ever wondered where these traditions came from and what they are said to represent? In the latest post from Verona Couture, we delve a little deeper to find out the meaning behind the wedding traditions we all know and love.

You’ve likely heard the popular rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed something blue” a hundred times in the lead up to your wedding, and may have already planned what item you will have as part of your wedding to represent each phrase, but what does it mean? Let’s break it down:

“Something old”

Is meant to represent a link with the bride’s family and the past. Consequently, many women decide to wear a piece of jewellery that has been passed down through the family.

“Something new”

Representing the happy couple’s new life together and good fortune, brides will often use their new wedding dress to represent this part of the well-known rhyme.

“Something borrowed”

This section of the rhyme is said to represent the idea that although she is getting married, the bride’s friends and family will still be there for her when they are needed. Others suggest that the bride is meant to borrow something from a woman that has had a long and happy marriage. By doing this, it is said that some of this happiness will be “borrowed” on the day of their wedding and remain throughout the marriage. The borrowed item may be a family heirloom, a handkerchief or a lucky charm which can be stitched to the bride’s bouquet or stocking.

“Something blue”

The blue item symbolises faithfulness and loyalty and is said to date back to biblical times when this colour represented purity.

“Sixpence in Your Shoe”

A silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe is a symbol of good fortune for the new couple, traditionally placed by the father of the bride as a symbol of him wishing her prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage. Some brides will stick a coin to the bottom of their shoe, while others place it in their shoe during the ceremony.


Years ago, rice was thrown over the happy couple to encourage fertility. The equivalent to this in the modern day is confetti. Whilst many use confetti as a bit of fun and to create stunning photographs, traditionally, the symbolism remains the same.

Wedding Pearls

Some believe that wedding pearls symbolise tears of the future, whilst others believe that pearls take the place of the bride’s real tears and provide her with a happy marriage.

Here at Verona couture, we’ve been helping happy brides-to-be find their perfect “something new” wedding dress for many years. Whatever your style, from understated elegance to show-stopping sparkle, we’re confident you’ll find something you love at our bridal boutique. To book an appointment, please call today on 01234 714401 or complete our online enquiry form.