For the bride 'something old .... something new'
For the bride a universal custom is the 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue' .... The next line is often forgotten, but is "and a sixpence in her shoe"- of course the 'something new' can be the bride’s dress! The 'something new' at the wedding can become the 'something old' or ‘something borrowed' at the next generation’ s weddings. The bride sometimes wears a blue garter (symbolizing love) which plays a part later at the wedding reception. It was as mentioned traditional in some areas for the bride to put a small silver coin in her shoe to bring her good luck. Source
A week ago we had my sons´ playmo-bag brought from the attic to the living room for my little granddaughter.
Inside the bag I found these coins. The oldest is from 1971. This coin is no longer in use and has no value.
BUT it might bring my daughter in law good luck if she has the coin hidden in her left shoe on Saturday!
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It is said that the bees will help a man find the right woman.
There are some differences about where to put the coin, in the left or the right shoe... Victorian brides carried the sixpence in the left shoe.
A silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe is a traditional good luck wedding gesture and customarily, it is the father of the bride who places the sixpence as a symbol of him wishing her prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage.A silver sixpence in the bride's shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. Source
Sweden has its own variation of this tradition. Before a wedding, the bride’s mother gives her a gold coin to put in her right shoe and the bride’s father gives her a silver coin to put in her left shoe. The coins represent their wish that she will never be without. Source
Her shoes should be old and well worn... Source