Wedding Traditions

The Origin of "Something Old, Something New ..."

One of the most well-known wedding traditions revolves around the following rhyme:

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe.

There are many other wedding traditions that are meant to bring good luck but it is this poem that many brides try to ensure that they abide by.

Of course many wedding traditions depend on the nationality or religion of the bride and groom but this one dates back to Victorian England and to a protestant Christian ceremony.

The ‘Something Old’ part of this and other similar wedding traditions represents the link with the bride’s family and the past. To comply with this part of the wedding traditions it is common for many brides choose to wear a piece of antique family jewellery or a mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress.

‘Something New’ indicates good fortune and success in the bride’s new life. The wedding gown is often chosen as the new item for these wedding traditions but it can be almost anything. While we're talking about ‘Something New’, it's worth mentioning one of our favorite stores, Cultiver that has an incredible collection of wedding beddings.

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‘Something Borrowed’ is to signify that the brides’ friends and family will always be there for her. The borrowed object might be something small and many brides have a lace handkerchief to comply with this part of the wedding traditions.

The ‘Something Blue’ is the symbol of faithfulness and loyalty and is one of the cheekier of the wedding traditions as many brides-to-be choose to wear a blue garter!

The final part of this rhyme of wedding traditions is often neglected as it could be rather uncomfortable for the bride but a ‘Silver Sixpence in her Shoe’ is to wish the bride wealth in her new married life.

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Lucky Days

Days and months have different significances according to superstition.

Saturday is the most popular day for weddings (except for Jewish weddings) but many years ago it wasn't always thought to be the best day.

Monday for wealth
Tuesday for health
Wednesday best day of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday for no luck at all.

It is customary for Chinese couples to marry on the half-hour, not the hour. In this way they begin their lives on 'the up', not when the hands are moving down.
  Choosing the Month

An old rhyme for choosing the month:
Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind and true.
When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when march winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
Marry in April whn you can, joy for maiden and for man.
Marry in the month of May, and you aill surely rue the day.
Marry in June roses grow, over land and sea you'll go.
Those who in July do wed must labour for their daily bread.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.
Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in OCtober you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.
Note: June is considered a good month because it's named after Juno, the Roman goddess of love and marriage.

The Wedding Kiss

The kiss that seals the wedding is much more than sign of affection.

It has long been a token of bonding - the exchange of spirits as each partner sends a part of the self into the new spouse's soul, there to abide ever after.


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