And a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe

According to some sources, there is a lesser known line that finishes the “something old, something new” rhyme. In its entirety, the poem was originally as follows:

Something old, something new,

Something borrowed, something blue,

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

There are some doubts about the authenticity of the last line. It may have been a Scottish custom that was tacked onto the tail of the traditional poem, but it was originally believed that if a bride were to place a silver sixpence in her left shoe, she would attract wealth and success to the marriage. And who doesn’t like wealth and success, right?

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I set out on my eBay hunt for a silver sixpence from 1945. My grandparents were married that year and enjoyed a lifelong, loving marriage that I have always admired. They’ve both passed on now, and I thought it would be a great way to honor them during my own wedding.

One thing to know if you decide to participate in this tradition: after the year 1947, sixpences ceased to contain silver. If you want to stay true to the “silver sixpence” custom, be sure to find one minted between 1551 and 1947. Also, you should probably be prepared for some skepticism on the part of your loving fiance:

Mr. Husky, upon checking the mail: “There’s a package here for you.”

Me: “Yay! Must be my silver sixpence!”

Mr. Husky, after listening to my explanation of the custom: “How much is it worth?”

Me: “Well I paid a dollar for it, plus shipping. So, less than two dollars.”

Mr. Husky: “No, I mean the original value.”

Me: “Oh—six pennies.”

Mr. Husky, totally deadpan: “Hmmmm. Good buy.”

What wedding customs are you following? Have you been met with any sideways glances for your decisions?

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Mrs. Husky

Location:
Denver
Wedding Date:
October 2010

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:21 am

    Cute, love that you’re going the traditional route!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 10:28 am

    So cute! I think this is a really great idea, and what a sweet way to honor your grandparents!

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:34 am

    Love it. Question: do you have to wear it in your shoe all day?

    We are doing the Japanese San-San-Kudo tradition at our ceremony. My mom thinks it’s weird because we’re not Shinto, we’re Buddhist! But uhhhh… I like sake.

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    PaperCrane 442 posts, Helper bee @ 10:42 am

    I’m twisting the rhyme and adding a copper penny in my shoe. I’m on the hunt for a 2010. I think finding my lucky coin will be more sentimental than buying a random one.

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    amykate 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:03 pm

    I have a silver sixpence too. Mine is from 1936. It came with a copy of the poem and in a little white organza bag.

    MY FI questioned it too. Boys…..

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    Minutiae 2416 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:18 pm

    I plan on borrowing my mother’s sixpence. I think it might actually be a penny, though. Ah well. We’re American, it counts. :P

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    CanadaBride 27 posts, Newbee @ 12:27 pm

    Are you just putting it in your shoe? Or are you affixing it to the inside in some way?

    I think I’d go crazy if I had to walk on a coin all day, but I would like to follow this tradition. Perhaps glue it to the bottom of the shoe?

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    msbtb12 432 posts, Helper bee @ 1:12 pm

    Now I want a sixpence from the year my bfs grandparents were married… but which of his grandparents to choose because they have both enjoyed long happy marriages… Thanks for the idea!!!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:00 pm

    Hilarious response from Mr H!

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    silversixpence 78 posts, Worker bee @ 3:02 pm

    Yay! Sixpences are great little things. I have the one my mum and her sisters and their mother had at their weddings (I’m the only daughter in my generation of the family, so i get to keep it – yay heirlooms!).

    My grandparents were married in early 1940 so couldn’t do much of the whole wedding thing (no cake because of rationing, dress was grandma’s “Sunday Best”, groom having two days leave in which to get married before sailing off somewhere) and the sixpence was given to my grandad by his commanding officer as part of his train fare to get home. Grandad managed to get the ticket collector on the train to let him off paying the extra 6d, so that he’d have something to give his bride as a wedding present. So romantic :)

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    Nemos 27 posts, Newbee @ 3:46 pm

    I should have checked ebay!! I just bought one on etsy for about $6 including shipping. I plan on using a removable glue dot to put it on the bottom of my shoe. There’s no way I could wear it inside my shoe all night!

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    Miss Ireland 83 posts, Worker bee @ 3:49 pm

    HA, Mr Husky makes me laugh! Love the idea of finding a specific year. Thanks for pointing out the silver issue… unfortunately the date I’d like to honor is after 47. :(

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    Swiss Miss to Bee 1004 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:50 pm

    Love the Mr’s response!! I think I am doing a penny from the year I was born. If I can swing it…

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    staying_ms_shaw 40 posts, Newbee @ 7:02 pm

    My father is a long time coin collector, and he gave me a 1891 Queen Victoria sixpence for an engagement present. I love that you’re doing the whole tradition.

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:50 am

    @Miss Glasses: I’m not sure about the all-day thing. I think definitely for the ceremony portion, and I guess it depends on how comfortable it is? I was just reading about San-San-Kudo – that sounds like a very cool tradition!
    @PaperCrane: I think that’s a great twist!
    @CanadaBride: I’m not sure about this part yet. I think gluing it to the bottom would work well if wearing heels (kind of like some ladies jewel “I Do” on the bottom), but I’m afraid with the wedges it might hit the ground too much and fall off. There’s kind of a knot detail on the toe of my shoe, so I was thinking about sewing the sixpence beneath one of the folds.
    @silversixpence: Such a sweet story!
    @staying_ms_shaw: Wow, what a great item to have!

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    Mon Amour Boutique, Guest @ 1:03 pm

    Normally the Sixpence is worn in the left shoe and for comfort can be fastened to the bottom of the shoe instead of inside.

    I have Silver Sixpences in my Etsy shop. They come on a card with the history and tradition in poem form in your wedding colors. Did you know they are supposed to be passed down to your daughter on her wedding day?

    http://www.monamourboutique.etsy.com

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    Lucky Charms | Weddingbee, Guest @ 1:00 pm

    [...] a silver sixpence. I originally wanted to get one of the year my parents married, but as Mrs. Husky pointed out, after 1947 they no longer contained silver. Instead I opted for 1946, the year my grandparents [...]

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