The meaning of Something Blue: Old and New

Natalie Harris

You know the good luck saying: 

Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue,
and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

The Knot says:
The tradition of a bride wearing "something old, something new, something borrowed,something blue," comes from an Old English rhyme. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.

And today we'll just focus on blue.  Why?  Because color is far more fascinating than superstitions about fertility and purity.  *zero warning feminist bomb and moving on*  I won't even get into why well-wishes for someone's marital fidelity is intensely strange. 

So!  While the "something blue" had been symbolic of providing fidelity, purity, and love, I propose a new definition.  Perhaps our "something blue" could come to represent an ultra-rare kind of love.  As rare as blue in nature iteself, and as beautiful.  

Let's nerd together, shall we?  Then tell me in the comments - how will YOU use blue?

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  • I plan to use blue as the shade of my bridesmaids dresses!

    Meagan L Hammonds

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