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British Wedding Tradition

Wedding traditions vary around the world according to your culture, religion, and location. As unique and incredible as they all are, there is one tradition that has been passed down for decades and considered the most popular of them all. Adapted from an old english rhyme “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”, these five objects are expected to be added onto the brides outfit on her wedding day, she may also consider carrying them with her or attaching objects to her bouquet. These items are considered lucky charms, the nicest thing about this wedding tradition is that it is easy adaptable with modern times. Traditionally these tokens of love are given to the bride by her mother, sister, other relatives, and wedding guests at the eleventh hour, however you can also give them to yourself too. On a personal note when I got married my mother gave me her blue handkerchief which was considered as my ‘Something old’,’Something Blue’, and ‘Something Borrowed’, as well as her sixpence that has been passed down from my grandmother to place under my shoe. I simply loved adapting this tradition as I felt a piece of my late grandparents were with me on the day too. 

Here’s a break down on what you need to know if you’re planning to adapt this wedding tradition Something old represents continuity, Something New offers optimism for the future, Something Borrowed symbolises Borrowed Happiness, Something Blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity, last but not least A Sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity. Although this remains largely a British custom it has been adapted in most of the world including the USA. 

In this particular wedding tradition brides may struggle the most to find a Sixpence, as the last production dates back to the 1970’s. However The Royal Mint have come to the rescue, brides marrying in 2017 can now put a rather special twist on this tradition with the release of the 2017 Six Pence. This commemorative coin completes the popular rhyme, combining tradition with a contemporary year-dated silver memento of the special day.

This decimal 6p is not for circulation, this versatile gift is an original and thoughtful way to show someone that you’re thinking about them. Once you purchase the 2017 Sixpence from The Royal Mint you will also receive a booklet and certificate of authenticity. 

A Touch of White has teamed up with The Royal Mint to offer one lucky bride getting married in 2017 the opportunity to win her very own sixpence worth £30.00 isn’t that exciting ! To enter please answer the following question:

  • Question: What is the final line of the popular wedding rhyme, ‘Something old, something new’?

Please E-mail your answer along with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address 
  • Date of Wedding 
  • Postal Address 

Winners will be announced in April.The above information will only be shared with The Royal Mint for delivery purposes. Good luck !





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