And put a silver sixpence in your shoe.
This little rhyme was almost always referred to (and adhered to) by a bride on her wedding day. Unfortunately, over the years it has fallen into disuse and from what I’ve heard, very few modern South African brides even consider wearing something ‘borrowed’ or ‘blue’. Traditionally the garter worn would be the ‘something blue’, but even this humble accessory has been ‘glammed-up’ and is now available in many styles and colours to complement the theme of the wedding. A new trend that is emerging is for the bride to wear two garters – one to be removed by the groom at the reception, and the other later on!
Although the tradition of having a silver sixpence in your shoe fell away in this country about 50 years ago, at a London Wedding Show I attended, I was interested to see that there is a company in the UK offering brides genuine silver sixpences to wear in their shoe on the big day, and then to have afterwards as a keepsake to pass on to the next generation. As vintage-themed weddings have gained tremendously in popularity, maybe this will spur brides on to once again incorporate this age-old tradition into their wedding plans.
Are you planning to wear ‘something old’ or ‘something blue’ on your wedding day?