I just -notice that I am not an American- hear about them a lot in movies but never knew what are those for?
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It's a very old British tradition that a bride should have these things on her wedding day.
It goes : "Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, And a silver sixpence in her shoe."
The sixpence has long been dropped from the popular version of the rhyme.
One gift can cover more than one category. For example, a borrowed blue garter, would cover the last two items in one thing.
The rhyme was certainly in use by the late Victorian period and was printed in an 1894 edition of the Pennsylvania newspaper The Warren Ledger, where it was listed as a 'Puritan Marriage Custom'. The sixpence was a silver coin which was in use in the UK between the 17th and 20th centuries. Sixpences were also minted and used in Maryland, USA from the same date.1