[[quoteright:250:[[Manga/WeddingPeach http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/WeddingPeach_01_250_4890.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:250:[[HolyHandGrenade Sometimes for more than just weddings]].]]

The traditional four things a bride must carry at her wedding:

->''Something old,\\
Something new,\\
Something borrowed,\\
Something blue.''

The final line "...And a silver sixpence in her shoe" is all-but-forgotten nowadays, at least in part because sixpence pieces aren't used anymore in Britain and never were in the USA. Some people buy antique coins especially for the purpose (and for considerably more than 6p); whether that also counts towards their Something Old is up for debate.

For {{Shotgun Wedding}}s, the Something New is the baby.

The Something Blue is usually a ribbon, or brooch, or some other minor accessory. Before 1840, blue was the choice colour for wedding dresses as it was the colour for purity (being associated with the Virgin Mary). The white gown only became popular that year, when UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria wore a white lace gown for her wedding to Prince Albert, and has remained a traditional western wedding costume ever since.

Wedding episodes are [[StockEpisodeTitles frequently named after this]], occasionally split into CrossReferencedTitles for a multi-parter.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Manga series ''The Embalmer'' refers to this tradition in its opening episode. The embalmer's client's fiancé is killed in a car accident shortly before the wedding - the embalmer conceals the stitching of the woman's reattached leg with a blue garter (an item also ''borrowed'' from a friend), so that when the body is displayed during her funeral it completes a symbolic wedding to offer the client some solace.
* The {{Plot Coupon}}s in ''Manga/WeddingPeach'', called the "Saints Something Four." Each of the four girls gets one and they become a HolyHandGrenade in the second Season.
** ''WebVideo/WeddingPeachAbridged'' spoofed this in an {{Omake}}, with Momoko thinking it was the penny in the shoe, and telling all the girls to check their footwear.
* A rare non-wedding example in ''{{Manga/Bartender}}'' in chapters 136 to 143 features "Treasures of the Bar" which uses the the same wedding criteria for the purpose of collecting specific mementos to as good luck charms for reopening a new bar. This is somewhat a prank by another veteran bartender to the apprentice Tsubasa, because Ryu and Tsubasa opening a new bar together is kinda parallel to starting a new married life together. Even their nameplate has "R&T" in it.


[[folder: Comic Strips ]]

* An ''[[ComicBook/TheBeano Ivy the Terrible]]'' strip where Ivy tries to get the four things for a friend's wedding. First she goes into a fish and chip shop to ask for something really ancient, and gets chased out. She later gets a vase from an antique shop for something old, and borrows a baby blue whale as something new, borrowed, ''and'' blue.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* Factors into the first installment of the FanFic/ElementalChessTrilogy. Winry decides to carry her wrench as her 'something old,' and it later turns out to be a ChekhovsGun.
* When Lydia gets married in the [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]] series, this gets discussed after the fact. While her new dress and blue shoes cover those aspects nicely, the other two are a bit stranger; the ''groom'' is her 'something old,' and for 'something borrowed,' she has a ''library book.''


[[folder: Film ]]

* A plot point in the 1956 psychological thriller ''Film/AKissBeforeDying''. [[spoiler: The sister of a murder victim is able to deduce that her pregnant but unmarried sister's "suicide" had been staged, and that she had actually been murdered, when she realizes an odd collection of clothing items her slain sister was wearing included "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue". The sister hadn't gone to kill herself; she had (she thought) gone to marry the father of her unborn child. Instead, the sister's murderous boyfriend lured her to a deserted building on the pretense that they would get married, then pushed her off the roof, having already taken steps to make her death look like a suicide.]]
* In the film of ''Literature/InHerShoes'', Rose's grandmother lends her - big surprise - a pair of shoes: old, but not to Rose (new), not given to her (borrowed), with little blue decorations on the inside.
* In Disney's ''Film/BabesInToyland'', Mother Goose is helping Mary Mary Quite Contrary make her wedding dress and recites the "Something old, something new, something borrowed..." Upon which the film's BigBad shows up, causing Mother's pet goose Sylvester to crack, "Something old and ugly, too!"


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the BabysittersClub book ''Kristy's Big Day'', Kristy's mom gets married, and her underwear is her "something blue." TooMuchInformation.
** Later in the series, Dawn's mother marries Mary Anne's father, and does the same sort of thing.
* Laura invokes the trope in ''[[Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie These Happy Golden Years]]'' when her mother objects to her getting married in the new black dress they are making for her. "Marry in black, you'll wish yourself back!" Laura cheerfully suggests that she can wear it with a blue-lined bonnet that she's owned for several years and her mother's gold brooch, to which Ma Ingalls concedes that there's probably no truth in these old sayings anyway.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Adventuress of Henrietta Street'', the Doctor has to get married because it'll somehow save the world from extra-dimensional baboons. Fitz mentions it's too bad they can't bring the TARDIS into the chapel, because it would count as all four.
* In ''[[{{Literature/Twilight}} Breaking Dawn]]'', Bella gets roped into a fancy traditional wedding as a favor to Alice. "Something old" and "Something blue" are the sapphires that Charlie and Renee have put into a set of her grandmother's hair combs, "Something new" is her dress, and "Something borrowed" is Alice's garter.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks prepares for her role as proxy in "June Bride" as if she were really getting married.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' does it twice:
** The final two episodes of season 2 that show Marshall and Lily's wedding are titled 'Something Borrowed' and 'Something Blue'.
** The final two episodes of season 8 that lead to Barney and Robin's wedding are titled 'Something Old' and 'Something New'. In addition, a locket Robin buried in New York as a child to be her "Something Old" when she grows up and what it would mean to find it is a major plot arc surrounding the wedding.
* Series/{{Frasier}} has a season finale titled 'Something Borrowed, Someone Blue.'
* Also used as a joke during the wedding arc in ''Series/UglyBetty'', in which one character says the bride ''herself'' is "something old," to which the bride replies, "well, with your varicose veins I certainly have something blue."
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** When Chandler and Monica decide to get married in UsefulNotes/LasVegas on impulse, they shoplift a blue sweater to count as something new, borrowed, and blue. For something old:
-->'''Chandler''': I have a condom in my wallet that I've had since I was twelve.\\
'''Monica''': That'll work!\\
'''Chandler''': I don't think so.
** Phoebe gets married outside in the snow - when asked if she's going to be cold, she says, "I don't care. I'll be my something blue!"
* There was an episode of ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'' where this appeared.
* In an episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz reluctantly agrees to be one of Cerie's bridesmaids. Cerie then hugs her and cheerfully says "Now I have my something old!"
* On ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' she and Darlene argued about whether Darlene should bother with it- Jackie's failure to adhere to the superstition and subsequent marriage implosion is used as evidence.
* On ''Series/TheNanny'', Fran's friend Val fails to find her a something blue and she freaks out, resulting in:
-->'''Gracie:''' "Fran, you're choking her!"\\
'''Fran:''' "Well, then, at least I'll have something blue, won't I?"
* Played with in a ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' episode in which Sally almost got married. Harry ends up getting her an '''old''' guy whom he '''borrowed''' from the tip top club. This guy played the '''blues''' and was Harry's '''new''' friend.
* The episode of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' wherein Gwen and Rhys get married is called "Something Borrowed" and in this case it refers to [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong the alien fetus]] that Gwen has accidentally had transferred to herself.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The Big Bang,'' [[spoiler:Amy Pond at her wedding to Rory Williams]] quotes "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" [[spoiler: in regards to the TARDIS, which is all of them.]] All of which was carefully planned by the Doctor to avoid being permanently forgotten.
* Similarly, the ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' episode where Buffy and Spike get hit by one of Willow's accidental spells and fall madly in love is called "Something Blue."
* An episode of ''Series/TopChef'' was based around 4 teams, each having to make food based on one of the four categories for a wedding reception.
* The ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' finale has a RunningGag of Sabrina trying to find her four items. Finally they decide her dress counts as New, they paint one of her toenails Blue, Morgan borrows $10 from the flower girl and hands her a bracelet she grabbed from her jewelry box as Old. Unfortunately the bracelet is significant in reminding Sabrina [[spoiler: that Harvey is the one she loves, and she runs off with him]].
--> '''Roxie:''' I guess that's the Something Old she needed.
* In ''Series/GreysAnatomy'''s season 5 finale, when Meredith and Derek decide to get married, Cristina gives her an old grocery list, a new Post-it, and her favorite blue pen (which also counts as borrowed, since she wants it back).
* Source of much drama in ''Series/MadMen'', when Roger's second wife gives some very expensive jewelry to her stepdaughter for her wedding.
--> '''Margaret:''' ''in tears'' Well, it's blue. And it's new.
* The ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' episode where Rebecca is about to marry Robin Colcord references this with Lilith giving Rebecca her "something new".
-->'''Rebecca:''' Now, I just need something old, something borrowed, and something blue.
-->'''Carla:''' How about Norm's liver?
-->'''Norm:''' I am almost finished with it.
* The BBC's adaptation of Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/TheSittafordMystery'' (extensively rewritten from the source material) involves the protagonists realizing that a suspect was married to the murder victim due to the fact she was wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue the day before.
%%* Used in an episode of Series/XenaWarriorPrincess.
* On ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', Ted and Georgette were hastening their wedding plans and trying to throw together a ceremony at the last minute. When asked about what she would wear, soft-voiced ditz Georgette paused and reflected wistfully, "Well... I'd always dreamed I'd be married in something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." {{Beat}} "But what the hell, we're in a hurry."
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' used this a few times.
** When Dorothy's son elopes with his much-older and pregnant fiancee, the mothers and friends make it in time to give them these items. The baby is the "something new".
** When Dorothy [[spoiler: almost re-marries Stan]], she is trying to work this out with Rose and Blanche, and suggests her varicose veins as the "something blue". Sophia, who until this point had refused to support the wedding, appears as the "something old."
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': in a flashback scene in "A Tale of Two Sisters" (the first episode in the Season Four ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' arc), as Anna is preparing for her wedding to Kristoff, Elsa presents her with their mother's wedding dress, and adds a snowflake necklace, mentioning the 'something old, something new' trope. [[spoiler: Several episodes later, Elsa learns that the pendant contains a Wishing Star. Elsa's wish to be with her sister brings Anna and Kristoff to Storybrooke, just in time to avoid being drowned on Prince Hans' orders.]]
* When Naomi marries Vint on ''MamasFamily'', her wedding dress is her something new, and Mama gives Vint his father's antique sapphire ring as a wedding present, which Naomi uses as her old, borrowed, and blue. Unfortunately, it was also the ring that Eunice had always wanted, prompting her to throw one of her famous hissy-fits in the middle of the ceremony.


[[folder: Puppet Shows ]]

* In the episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' guest starring Marisa Berenson, Miss Piggy attempts to trick Kermit into marrying her in a wedding 'sketch' that was actually legit. She insists that the wedding be traditional: "Something old, something new, something borrowed... ''and something green.''"


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Referenced in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'', of all things; occasionally the "Perky" animals will ask girl players if they've chosen theirs yet.
* In ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'', the four heirlooms [[spoiler:which are the key to finding the Ultimate Insult]] are something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue respectively. (They were intended as wedding gifts.)
** Following a similar scheme in rhyme and purpose (in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge''), in order to make a voodoo doll, you need Something of the Head (dandruff, hair, lice, what have you), Something of the Thread (a thread or cloth sample from the victim's clothing), Something of the Body (spit, phlegm, blood...whatever), and Something of the Dead (a bone or something from a dead relative).
* While not quite a wedding ceremony, a magical ritual in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' calls for the participation of a ''old'' mage, a ''young'' witch, a powerful psychic in a ''borrowed'' body, and somebody whose name is ''Cerulean''.
* Occurs in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' in the Twilight Highlands zone, where Alliance players must help along a dwarven marriage for political reasons. Of course, being [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]], the gifts are slightly different, being "something [[RummageSaleReject bold]], something [[TheAlcoholic brewed]], something [[KleptomaniacHero stolen]], something [[BigEater stewed]]".
* In the ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}} DLC ''Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre'', Moxxi and the Vault Hunters make a love potion using the recipe "Something new, something old, something borrowed, something gold." They end up using the tears of a baby they kidnapped (something new and borrowed), an aged whiskey (something old) and parts from a [[BlingBlingBang golden robot]] (something gold). Later on, Moxxi and Ellie note that the saying might not go quite like that.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/PvP'' had Skull the Troll as the blue thing.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' had main character Davan give his best friend Aubrey a bruise (blue) when she was freaking out about not having something for it.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' cartoon had Snoopy getting married to Fifi the poodle. The girls go through the whole process of old, new, borrowed, and blue while helping Fifi dress for the wedding. (They were all bones.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In the flashforward episode where Lisa marries Hugh [[spoiler:(almost)]], Lisa's pearls are old, her dress is new, she borrows a locket from Hugh's mother, and a lock of Marge's hair is blue.
** There's also an episode where Bart has to marry Cletus's daughter, who brings the four things to her wedding, although instead of something blue, she has 'something stew.'
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E58TilNephewsDoUsPart Til Nephews Do Us Part]]", Scrooge is about to marry a bitchy GoldDigger (and is unaware of her bitchiness; his nephews are of course trying to convince him to no avail), and just before she walks down the aisle, she says, "Something old: my money. Something new: his money. Something borrowed: more money. And something ''green''... ALL the money!"
* In the ''[[ThomasTheTankEngine Thomas And Friends]]'' epsiode, "[[Recap/ThomasTheTankEngineS5E19HappyEverAfter Happy Ever After]]", Percy is asked to help find the "Good Luck Package" at the last minute for the wedding of Mrs. Kindly's daughter. Old Slow Coach was Something Old, a set of buffers right from the factory was Something New, the flat truck the new buffers were on was Something Borrowed, and Thomas of course made an appearance as Something Blue.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "Rules of Engagement", we learn that Tetramand brides have to collect four items to present to the groom's parents: something conquered, something bruised, something severed, and something blue. Princess Looma Red Wind, with whom Ben got into an AccidentalMarriage in a previous episode, returns and collects Ester, proving she conquered the Kraaho, Julie, who was bruised during the fighting, Fistina's forearm (a robotic arm), and Rook.


[[folder: Other ]]

* [[http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/comedy/watch/v158356834GaeCwxr This]] GagSub of TheMovie of ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' has a reference to this trope added to the 'script' - after Groom Bridon kidnaps a human girl, Meemy dresses her up in a goth wedding dress and hands a magic ring to Bridon:
--> "There's your Something Blue... here's your Something Borrowed."
* Veteran comic Bob Monkhouse was once dismissed as a comedian in possession of a stage routine that was "mainly old, seldom new, often borrowed and sometimes blue"