The Tradition of the Silver Sixpence at a Wedding…
This tradition is known world wide. In Great Britain, the bride traditionally wears ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.’ But what is less well known is that the rhyme ends ‘and a silver sixpence in her shoe.’ For many years, the father of the bride would slip a sixpence into his daughter’s shoe before she walked down the aisle. The sixpence stood for good luck, and to show that the father wished his daughter prosperity in her marriage.
Sometimes silver coins (Silver Sixpences) are placed into the champagne cork and given to the bride and groom as a momento of their wedding day.
However, Sweden has its own version of this tradition. Before a wedding, the bride’s mother gives her daughter a gold coin to put in her right shoe. The bride’s father then gives her a silver coin to put in her left shoe. The coins symbolise their wish that the bride will never go without money.
In Spain and Latin America, the groom gives a coin to his bride after the rings have been blessed. The coin symbolises his willingness to share all that he has or will have in the future. The bride keeps the coin as a family keepsake. If the couple go on to have children, the bride will give the coin to her eldest son to give to his own bride.
In Poland, instead of confetti, wedding guests throw coins over the married couple after they leave the ceremony. The pair then pick up the coins together as a symbol of their new unity.
Here at White Designs, we have incorporated a genuine Silver Sixpence on our Wedding Pin. The pin can be attached to the inside of the brides petticoats or garter, or even attached to the ribbon tied handle of her bouquet.