The last thing a bride should worry about at her wedding is superstition, but in keeping with an age-old tradition, a bride must collect these items to wear on her wedding day for good luck.

This sweet poem is said to come from an Old English rhyme whose exact origins are unknown, but it was often recited during the Victorian era.

In keeping with the poem, the bride collect these objects herself or from friends and family and includes them in her wedding. These pieces are considered “good luck” and usually include family heirlooms or treasures handed down through generations. In order to get the good fortune associated with it, the bride must wear them on her wedding day.

Each piece has a different and special meaning. The “Something Old” represents continuity, the “Something New” offers optimism for the future of the bride and groom’s marriage, the “Something Borrowed” symbolizes a borrowed happiness handed down to the happy couple, and the “Something Blue” stands for purity, love fidelity and lifelong happiness for the new couple. Here are some examples of the “somethings” included in weddings these days:

  • Something Old: a relative’s wedding gown or piece of fabric from the gown, a family heirloom such as a veil or necklace.
  • Something New: shoes, jewelry, garter, etc.
  • Something Borrowed: earrings, necklace, pearls, brooch, purse, etc.
  • Something Blue: monogram sewn into wedding dress using blue thread, shoes, underwear, garter, hair accessories, etc.

Every bride is different, but most follow the tradition in order to bring good luck to their big day.