Bridal Verses

Something Old
Something New
Something Borrowed
Something Blue
And A Sixpence In Your Shoe

This is an old English rhyme (possibly Victorian in origin) and brides have, for many years, taken care to include these touches in their bridal outfit...something of a "nod" to tradition and superstition.

"Something Old" represents the bride's link to her family and the past. This could be a piece of family jewelry, the wedding gown worn by the bride's mother or grandmother, or even an old garter donated by a happily married woman to ensure that the new bride would also enjoy a happy marriage. It is also believed that the wearing of "something old" will signify that the couple's friends will stay in close contact with them.

"Something New" represents the hope for good fortune and success in the future. In many cases, the bride's wedding gown represents the "new" item.

"Something Borrowed" usually comes from a woman who is already happily married and is thought to lend some of that woman's good fortune and joy to the new bride. It can also be an item given to the bride by her family as a token of their love. Any such item must be returned to ensure good luck.

"Something Blue" is a symbol of love, fidelity and purity of the bride. In Ancient Israel, brides (and sometimes grooms) wore blue ribbons on the borders of their fringed robes in order to denote their modesty and fidelity...ideals of love which continue to be associated with that color. Blue is also the color which is representative the purity and innocence of the Virgin Mary and may, at one time, have been associated with the Moon, believed to be the protector of women. Today, the "something blue" is often the bride's garter.

"A Sixpence In Your Shoe" is a small British coin called a sixpence (no longer legal tender in that country given the advent of the metric system) which is silver in color and wishes the bride wealth in her future life. The popular belief is that this custom orginated in England when coins were given to young ladies as love tokens. A gentleman would burnish the reverse side of the coin which was then engraved with the initials of his beloved. An alternative theory is that this is a more ancient custom which originated in Rome when a coin was placed in the bride's shoe to appease Diana, Goddess of Chastity and Unmarried Maidens. The sixpence itself was first regarded as a lucky coin when introduced by Edward VI of England in 1551. Later, during the Victorian Era, it became a part of bridal tradition. In Sweden, the bride's father places a piece of silver in her left shoe and a piece of gold in her right. Thus, it is believed that she will never be lacking in luxuries. Royal brides traditionally have a tiny silver horseshoe sewn into the hem of their gowns for good luck. Today, with the growing scarcity of sixpences, a penny is often substituted.

Married in White, you have chosen right
Married in Grey, you will go far away
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen
Married in Blue, you will always be true
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow
Married in Brown, you will live in the town
Married in Pink, you spirit will sink

Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind & true
When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know
Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man
Marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you'll go
Those who in July do wed, must labour for their daily bred
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see
Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last

Married in January's roar and rime, widowed you'll be before your prime
Married in February's sleepy weather, life you'll tread in time together
Married when March winds shrill and roar, your home will lie on a distant shore
Married 'neath April's changeful skies, a checkered path before you lies
Married when bees o'er May blossoms flit, strangers around your board will sit
Married in month of roses June, life will be one long honeymoon
Married in July with flowers ablaze, bitter-sweet memories in after days
Married in August's heat and drowse, lover and friend in your chosen spouse
Married in September's golden glow, smooth and serene your life will go
Married when leaves in October thin, toil and hardships for you begin
Married in veils of November mist, fortune your wedding ring has kissed
Married in days of December's cheer, love's star shines brighter from year to year

Monday for health
Tuesday for wealth
Wednesday best of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday for no luck at all

To change the name and not the letter
Is to change for the worst and not the better

Druid Blessing
We swear by peace and love to stand
Heart to heart and hand to hand
Mark, O Spirit, and hear us now
Confirming this our Sacred Vow


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