You’ve heard of the saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue,” but do you know what it means?

These are the four mementoes that every bride should have with her on her wedding day. They are usually gifts that come from women that the bride knows well—her mother, sister, aunt, or close friend. But why such specific criteria?

Well, it all comes down to superstition. And believe it or not, there’s a ton of superstition surrounding such an old tradition such as marriage! This catchy rhyme is just one of many superstition-inspired things that couples include in their big day.

But what does the rhyme really mean?

SOMETHING OLD

This token represents continuity, specifically the continuity of the bride’s family. This item typically comes from the bride’s mother, and is meant to provide protection for the bride’s future children!

SOMETHING NEW

The “something new” can really be any type of gift, and is sometimes a gift from the groom’s mother. This token signifies the start of something new, as well as hope and optimism for the happy life to come!

SOMETHING BORROWED

This memento has already been worn by another happy bride. It is meant to transfer the luck from one happy marriage to the newlywed couple.

SOMETHING BLUE

This blue item can really be left to interpretation, and many brides get creative with it! It signifies purity and fidelity for the newlywed couple.

It’s up to you whether you want to carry out this tradition in your own wedding, but this cute rhyme is just another fun way to get creative with your wedding. And if you’re the superstitious type, it may have some positive influence on your new marriage!