We all know the bride's wedding day mantra:
Something old, something new,
something borrowed, something blue.
This verse is said to bring the bride good fortune if she carries these items with her on her wedding day. "Something old" is to symbolize the bride's relationship and continuity with her family's past. Hope for the future and optimism is represented by "something new." "Something borrowed" generally comes from a trusted friend or family member whose own marriage is successful and happy. But what is the meaning of "something blue?"
The color blue is a very symbolic color and has been connected to weddings for centuries. Brides wore blue in ancient Rome to symbolize love, modesty and fidelity. Purity is also associated with blue, as in Christianity, the Virgin Mary is often shown wearing blue. Blue was a very popular color for wedding attire before the late 19th century. We've all heard the proverb, "Marry in blue, lover be true."
Now, in modern times, blue is making a big splash for weddings. Trends are showing that brides are choosing blue for bridesmaids' gowns, flowers, wedding jewelry, reception hall decorations and the wedding gown itself. Also, the September birthstone, sapphire, is a popular option in engagement rings.