Wedding Traditions, The Bouquet and The Garter!


"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed,
Something Blue, and a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe"

This Good Luck adage dates back to Victorian times and even today, many brides try to arrange their wedding attire accordingly.  But what did it all mean?

Something Old.  Represents the link between the Bride's family and the past.  Today, brides choose to wear a piece of antique family jewelry, but in olden times, a mother's or grandmother's wedding dress was used as something old.

Something New.  Represents good fortune and success in the Bride's new life.  The wedding gown is often chosen as the new item.

Something Borrowed.  Reminds the Bride that family and friends will be there for her when help is needed.  A lace handkerchief could be the borrowed object.

Something Blue.  A symbol of faithfulness and loyalty.  Often the blue item is the Garter (see below).

A Silver Sixpence in her Shoe.  To wish the Bride wealth.  A brand new dime or nickel substitutes for the sixpence today.


At its inception, the Bouquet formed part of the wreaths and garlands worn by the Bride and Groom.  It was considered a symbol of happiness.  The practice of tossing the Bouquet today is an offshoot of throwing the Garter.  The single woman who catches the Bouquet is believed to be the next to marry.


The tradition of throwing the Garter started in France, when pieces of the Bridal Attire were considered lucky.  The Bride would throw the Garter to her guests at the wedding, and whoever caught it could expect good luck.

In the U.S., the Groom traditionally removes the Garter from the Bride's leg, and throws it to the assembled single men.  The man who catches it, is thought to be the next to marry.

The usual custom is for the recipients of the Bouquet and Garter to have a photograph taken with the Bride and Groom.



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