The custom comes from an Old English rhyme, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something bue, and a silver sixpense in her shoe". 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. Blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security.
Christy is not a "traditional" bride (though she may have used something borrowed, old and new!) she and her fiance Chris were married in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and last week held her reception at the SMU faculty club. Christy wanted her cake "pool blue" to match the dresses her bridesmaids wore. I think it came out beautiful! I a little bit of "tropics" in the winter have me looking foward to warmer sunny days (margarita's on the beach don't sound so bad either!) Congratulations Christy and Chris!