Who Gives The Bride Something New?

Weddings are a celebration of love, commitment, and the start of a new journey. Traditions play a significant role in making the day special and memorable. One such popular wedding tradition is “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” While the significance of these four items is widely known, it’s still a mystery for many people who traditionally gives the bride something new on her wedding day. Let’s explore this age-old tradition and unravel how and why it’s still prevalent today.

1. Something Old: A Connection with the Past

2. Something New: A Symbol of Hope and Optimism

3. Something Borrowed: A Symbol of Support and Friendship

4. Something Blue: A Token of Fidelity and Loyalty

5. Parents/Grandparents: A Common Tradition

6. Siblings/Friends: A Modern Twist

7. Unique Gifts Ideas for Something New

8. Can the Bride Give Herself Something New?

9. Final Thoughts on the Tradition


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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: The Significance

The tradition of carrying “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” originated in 19th-century England. The items were believed to bring good luck, love, prosperity, and long-lasting fidelity to the couple. Something old is meant to symbolize the bride’s connection to her family and her past. Something new represents the couple’s new life and the hope and optimism for the future. Something borrowed signifies the support and love of friends and family, while something blue is a symbol of the bride’s loyalty and devotion to her partner.

Who is Responsible for Giving the Bride Something New on Her Wedding Day?

Traditionally, it is the responsibility of the bride’s parents to give her something new on her wedding day. The gift can be anything from a piece of jewelry, a wedding dress, or her bridal shoes. The new item represents the start of a new chapter in the bride’s life and her parents’ hope for a happy and prosperous future. In some cases, the groom may also give the bride something new as a token of his love and affection.

Unique Ideas for Giving the Bride Something New

While traditional gifts like jewelry, watches, or bridal accessories are common, there are several unique ways you can give the bride something new. You can surprise her with a handwritten letter or a photo album filled with pictures of your favorite memories together. You can also gift her a new bouquet of flowers or a music box with her favorite song. The possibilities are endless, and the key is to choose something that holds emotional value for the bride.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can the bride give herself something new?

Yes, the bride can give herself something new as a symbol of self-love and care. It can be a small trinket or a luxurious accessory that makes her feel confident and beautiful on her big day.

2. Do all brides follow the “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” tradition?

No, not all brides follow this tradition. It’s entirely up to the bride and her family to decide if they want to incorporate this tradition into their wedding ceremony.

3. Can the groom give the bride something new?

Yes, the groom can give the bride something new as a symbol of his love and commitment to her.


The tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” has stood the test of time and continues to be an integral part of modern weddings. While the gift of something new is traditionally given by the bride’s parents, it’s important to remember that the sentiment behind it matters more than who gives it. Whether it’s a cherished family heirloom or a new item that holds special significance, the gift of something new is a symbol of love, hope, and the promise of a happy future together


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