I've always been interested in the origin of words, phrases, and traditions. Where do they come from? What do they really mean? Why do we still pay attention to them today?
For instance - "Married in Black, you will wish yourself back." or carrying the bride over the threshold, throwing the bouquet, tossing bird seed...
"Something old, something new,
something borrowed, and something blue."
Did you know that's not even the full rhyme? I decided to do some research into this saying and learned some interesting things. The first thing I learned is its origin is believed to come from England in the late Victorian era. The whole rhyme is as follows:
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
A little more research revealed the symbolism behind each of these traditions, and why it was considered important for a bride to carry something from each of these categories.
Taking something old was to help the bride keep a piece of her family's past with her as she started her new life.
Carrying or wearing something new, symbolizes the bride's bright new future and hope. Traditionally, this is something that should come from the groom, or the bride's parents.
This item should come from a happily married person in the bride's life, and is supposed to bring good fortune into the marriage.
Blue is the color for fidelity and love. Because of this, many brides used to wear blue wedding dresses. White dresses didn't become the preferred choice until the late 1800's. Blue was also often associated with the Virgin Mary's clothes in Christian art, and equaled purity since the times of ancient Rome.
Silver sixpence in her shoe
Specifically the left shoe. A sixpence was a British coin, and the father of the bride would place it in her shoe to wish her prosperity, love, and happiness in her marriage.
Now that we know where these traditions come from, and the meanings behind each one, we're going to spend the next few weeks coming up with great ways to incorporate each into your wedding! If you have an idea that you're going to use, or have used, in your wedding for any or all of these traditions, please comment and let me know your idea. If I use your idea in an upcoming blog post, you'll win a special prize from Truly Yours by G!