Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and something else.💎
One of the ceremonies that are surrounded by superstitions and myths is undoubtedly a wedding, and some of the beliefs that surround it, is that on that big day the bride should wear «something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue».
It is said to be a tradition that dates back to a rhyme that originated in England around 1876, the original verse goes like this:
and a silver sixpence in her shoe”
The meaning of this tradition dates back to Victorian England, today wedding jewelry ideas can be followed in creative and diverse ways, adding meaning and inspiration. Here are some ideas for following these rites.
It represents the link to the bride’s own family and the past, which she leaves behind as she embarks on this new married life, while reminding her of the continuity of her family.
So it should be something belonging to any family member of the bride, it can be a handkerchief or piece of lace placed around the bride’s bouquet or fitted to the dress.
An antique jewelry be it a necklace, earrings, a ring, a brooch, a pearl wedding hair accessories that would give a vintage touch to your wedding look.
This represents good luck and success for the bride, what she will gain from getting married, her hopes for the future.
Something new can be the wedding dress, the headpiece, the shoes, the bouquet, the wedding rings or some accessory within the wedding bridal jewelry set that the bride will wear for the first time that day.
By tradition this object must come from a happily married woman who gives «something borrowed» to the bride, it can be from a family member or friends of the bride and groom.
To comply with tradition, the object must be returned after the wedding. It could be a bracelet or any other jewelry, the veil, the tiara, some wedding hair accessories, even the wedding dress or something else.
This represents fidelity, purity and loyalty, it does not necessarily have to be displayed by the bride, it can be something small like a blue ribbon hidden inside the dress or in the bride’s bouquet, it can even be part of the lingerie worn by the bride on her wedding day, usually it is the bridal garter. Otherwise blue can be used in the shoes, some detail of the dress, makeup or nails.
We also find other customs such as the bride wearing a silver coin in her shoe, a belief that originated in England. You can buy an old coin and place it inside the bride’s shoe or stick it to the sole of it, it is believed that in this way the bride will be walking towards a future full of abundance.
A curious custom was the prohibition to give pearls to the bride or for her to wear one of these on her wedding day, since they symbolized tears, and it was believed that showing them during the ceremony would attract misfortune and tears to the bride and groom. The opposite is the case of diamonds, since they are considered good luck.
Another saying says «Lucky is the bride who marries with old shoes», so it is worth keeping it in mind.
Remember that even if you are a bride with avant-garde or classic tastes, it does not hurt to keep in mind these rituals and have a little help to have good luck on your wedding day.
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