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Friday, December 17, 2010

Wedding Quote: Something old, something new, something borrowed ...

Where did the wedding custom of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" come from?

Wedding Quote: Something old, something new, something borrowed ...

Just attended the Wedding dinner of my university roommate's daughter at Sands Expo & Convention Centre (Orchid Main Ballroom, Level 4, Marina Bay Sands) and thought of remembering the date by re-compiling something I forwarded to Lee Ngoh few weeks ago.

Before I received the invitation card, I already noted in my pocket Diary that Ming Ying (Lee Ngoh and Yew Cheng's daughter) is getting married on 17 Dec. 

For the month of Nov and Dec, I started on the look up for Wedding related phrases and quotations. When I found the following phrase pop up at on 8 Dec, I thought it was a magical coincidence, and proved one of the universe laws I learned sometime back (i.e., the Law of Attraction)

As it could be handy reference for her to know the meaning of the Wedding phrase, I email her the RefDesk information on 8 Dec. 

Now, I would like to share the reference with more details in this blog to let others who are interested in knowing the origin and meaning of this Wedding phrase, cited from (published on 8 Dec 2010):

The wedding phrase "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe" symbolizes continuity, optimism for the future, borrowed happiness, fidelity, and wealth or good luck, respectively.

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I also did a search on google and found the expanded explanation in ASK YAHOO:

Where did the wedding custom of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" come from?

A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding tradition is definitely English, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era.

Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy.

"Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past.

"Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead.

"Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride.

The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.

As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity.

Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."

And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.

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I think it is a great way of passing well wishes and good wills through practicing the wedding phrase?  Don't you think so?

To end the entry today, may I use this to celebrate and commemorate the Marriage of Tai Wei Hao and Lim Ming Ying in BLOG-way!


Soo Miang
Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

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