A Hundred years old...
tradition. The bride’s family to give a silver sixpence as a dowry gift was the start of this tradition.
For hundreds of years brides have been putting a silver sixpence in their shoe on their wedding day. But why is this and how did it become a lost tradition?
The tradition dates back to the first minting of sixpences in 1551, and as most traditions it evolved from superstition.
During this period (and before) the Lord of the Manor, where the bride lived, would give the bride a piece of silver as a wedding gift. Silver was seen as a lucky omen and that it could ward off evil spirits.
The superstition around silver made it the perfect gift for a bride to protect herself and the marriage, whilst also bringing the happy couple good luck.
As sixpences become an easy way to hold silver and were small and lightweight, they became the token that the Lord of the Manor would give.
The evolution of the sixpence’s traditions made it become known as a coin that gives you good luck, prosperity, wealth and happiness.
This produced lots of different traditions, however, for a wedding it evolved into giving a silver sixpence as a lucky charm; bringing wealth and happiness to the married couple.