“Something Old, Something New,
Something Borrowed, Something Blue,
And A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe.”
Based on an old English poem, the legend refers to five essential tokens of luck a bride must carry on her wedding day in order to be blessed with a long and happy marriage. And we’re here to provide all the inspiration needed to find the perfect pieces for the luck of the bride.
Part of the bridal luck tradition that is often forgotten or left out is the silver sixpence. And to fully benefit from your lucky stash, you mustn’t forget to hide that coin in your shoe! Said (and hoped) to bring financial prosperity to the newlyweds, the bride or even her father are to place a single, silver sixpence in the bottom of the shoes she will wear as she walks down the aisle towards her husband-to-be. But shoes aren’t the only option now-a-days. We believe that as long as you’re honoring all five pieces of bridal luck; you’re safe and ready to be hit with the lucky “bridal” stick. So, think a little differently and do what feels right and inspires you!
Now for some “silver sixpence” inspiration…
Talk about killing two birds with one stone. We’re loving this idea of adding silver sixpences as an accessory to a blue shoe! Great as a DIY project, pick out the right shoe (blue or not) and design a pretty appliqué that reflects the style and theme of your ensemble. Your shoes will be unique, different and full of some luck!
So maybe you’re a bride who thinks a bit outside-the-box. Instead of having your father drop a sixpence in your shoe, have him tie it around your neck instead. An ankle bracelet could be a great option too; it is closer to the foot after all! And we can’t forget to mention that this could also be a fun DIY project to do for yourself or (hint, hint to all those bridesmaids) a friend have specially made for their bride.
Maybe you’re not even a bride and you’re looking for inspiration for a loved one. A lot of people don’t know about the silver sixpence tradition, try snagging her one and give it to her as a surprise. So many different places offer to gift them and your bride will be thrilled!
Another brilliant idea would be to “hide” your sixpence and maybe even have your groom find it! Have yourself a personalized garter made and include a “sixpence pocket” – a little place to keep your piece of silver throughout your celebration!
Now don’t forget the rest of your bridal stash before you take your walk down the aisle.
Something old to remember your past, something new for an optimistic future, something borrowed to catch some happiness and something blue to represent your love and fidelity all come together to create a beautiful tradition …. But please don’t forget the fifth and final piece to the poetic puzzle, a silver sixpence to bring good fortune!