For those lucky enough to be organising an Irish Wedding and looking for Irish Gifts you may find the below story about the Irish wedding tradition Something old, something new, something borrowed and something Blue of interest.

Note we stock the Irish 5p.

Something old, new borrowed and blue

The full wording of this popular bridal attire rhyme, which dates back to the Victorian times is ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe’.

Something old refers to wearing something that represents a link with the bride’s family and her old life.

Usually, the bride wears a piece of family jewelry or maybe her mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress.

Wearing something new represents good fortune and success in the bride’s new life.

The bride’s wedding dress is usually chosen, if purchased new, but it can be any other new item of the bride’s wedding attire.

Wearing something borrowed, which has already been worn by a happy bride at her wedding, is meant to bring good luck to the marriage.

Something borrowed could be an item of bridal clothing, a handkerchief or an item of jewellery.

Wearing something blue dates back to biblical times when the colour blue was considered to represent purity and fidelity.

Over time this has evolved from wearing blue clothing to wearing a blue band around the bottom of the bride’s dress and to modern times where the bride wears a blue or blue-trimmed garter.

And a silver sixpence in your shoe

Placing a silver sixpence in the bride’s left shoe is a symbol of wealth. This is not just to bring the bride financial wealth but also a wealth of happiness and joy throughout her married life.

in the past, an Irish 5 pence coin could be worn in place of the sixpence in the shoe.

At Irish Coin Cufflinks, we make the cufflinks using the Irish 5p coin.

Irish Wedding Cufflinks