So, too, is the “penny in your shoe” practice, which actually originates from the “something old, something new” poem. It reads: “Something old/something new/something borrowed/something blue/and a silver sixpence/in her shoe.”
Traditionally, the bride’s father would place a sixpence coin into her left shoe to bring luck and prosperity to the couple, according to Wedding Ideas magazine. Today, it is a little more difficult to find a sixpence, so many brides either use a penny or a special wedding sixpence to recreate this tradition.
Coins have been associated with marriage for centuries. For example, one custom sees the bride and groom swap gold and silver coins after exchanging rings, Wedding Ideas magazine says. This practice was first recorded in the first book of common prayer published in 1549.
Furthermore, in Sweden, the bride’s mother gives her a gold coin to put in her right shoe while her father gives a silver one to put in her left shoe. This is to represent their wish that she will never be without, according to Wedding Ideas.
And in Poland, guests toss coins over the newlyweds, which the couple then pick up together as a sign of their new unity.
Bottom Line: Do you need to place a penny in your shoe on your wedding day? It’s up to you! If it’s a family tradition, it might be nice to continue the custom. It also presents a fun photo op!
However, if you’re not digging wearing a coin in your shoe all day, feel free to skip this one.