Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
That’s how the Victorian wedding rhyme for good luck in a marriage goes. The first four are easy enough. Traditionally a bride borrows the veil of a happily married friend or relative – that covers old and borrowed – and the dress is usually new. Nowadays the blue is usually a garter to hold up the non-existent stockings.
How many brides have you come across putting a sixpence in their shoes? Or wear shoes which would be suitable (so, courts)? Mind you, since the sixpence was decommissioned as legal tender, it’s not like they’re ready at hand. I suppose you could substitute a five-pence.
If you look, you can find sixpences. Usually for stirring into Christmas puddings. I found a set on eBay with holes drilled in them, for jewellery-making.
On a whim, I bought some. And then spent an awfully long time (about an hour) carefully braiding threads, attaching a couple. It took much longer than I expected.
See, I reckon using sixpences as charms on an anklet counts as a modern-day “in her shoe”, don’t you? And if it’s made from blue thread, that gets rid of the superfluous garter.
Also, I begin to see what people mean when they suggest getting any DIY bits done early…