Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Why A Bride Puts A Sixpence In Her Shoe

I was so concerned with the little things in our wedding planning. It wasn't the big things that worried me, but the small things.

Like that poem.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

And then as I was trying to figure out what the heck to use for each line of the stanza, I learned there was a follow up sentence: with a sixpence in her shoe.

At least that's the easy part. You can just buy a sixpence online. But ... why?

Have you ever wondered WHY a bride puts a sixpence in her shoe? Find out the reason from www.abrideonabudget.com.
So there was a rumor that back in the day, this coin was part of the dowry paid to the groom. But I didn't really like that idea, and only heard that once, so I had to dig a little deeper. And what I found when I kept looking was that the father of the bride actually is the one to put the silver coin into the bride's left shoe. It's a way of him wishing prosperity upon her and the marriage.

How cute is that?

I think any traditions with a daughter and her dad are just so special, so I really love the idea of this one.

But, if I'm being honest, this is one tradition I skipped. I wasn't sure that I could walk in heels with a coin inside -- but some people might actually tell you they're not sure I could walk in heels.

I did, however, finish the rest of the poem just fine. Something old ... jewelry lent to me from my mom. Something new ... a new Alex & Ani ring. Something borrowed ... my friend Nicole's garter belt. Something blue ... that garter belt again. Nicole actually used it as her something blue, so that worked out perfectly for me.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Will you walk with a sixpence in your shoe?


  1. Never knew that was the ending. Even if you put the coin in your shoe by itself, I would think that would hurt. Would taping the coin to the bottom of your shoe count?

    Aria H.

  2. I think i would tape it just like Aria said.

  3. This is so fun! What a neat tradition to start!

  4. This is so neat! Wish someone had sent it to me when I got married ;)

  5. this is the first time I saw this idea

  6. Lol i think its for good luck to keep it in your shoe. i think i would do it. just from being curious what would happen but this is really nice to keep

  7. I love that it has the tradition written on the back of the card! And i'm pretty sure, or at least hoping, that you don't put the envelope in your shoe!

  8. I have heard of this before, but I dont know of anyone who has done this!

  9. I've never heard of doing this, but I don't think I will be.

  10. I have never heard of this but it seems really neat!

  11. I love the back of the cards! I think tradition is what makes these events so much fun! We are doing a vow renewal in a few months and there is so much we are learning about why we even do them.