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Something Old…

Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue – and you may not be familiar with this one – a silver sixpence in your shoe.

We hear it all the time in our business.  In the dressing room, as the bride makes the final adjustments to her jewelry and veil, some one will say “Something old, something new…..”  To which the bride usually replies “Wait, do you have it?”

The saying comes from old England, where blue was once the standard color for wedding dresses.  Some say that the sayings roots are in Scotland.  It doesn’t matter so much where it comes from when you are standing in front of that mirror.  The saying is for good luck in your marriage.  And what bride doesn’t want a little extra luck in her new life?

Something old is symbolic of continuity, new symbolizes the hope and optimism for the brides new life, something borrowed is symbolic of borrowed wisdom, blue is symbolic of purity, love and fidelity.  The silver sixpence, a British coin that is no longer minted originally equal to about 6 cents, is symbolic of financial security and works best if worn in the heel of the left shoe.  If a bride carries all of these thru her wedding ceremony, then her marriage will be filled with good fortune and prosperity.

No need to over think this, a single item can count for two or more parts of the saying.  Something old can be borrowed, something blue can be new, and a silver dime can be used if you don’t happen to have a silver sixpence lying around.

Something new is almost always your wedding gown.  That one is easy.  Unless you’re wearing a family heirloom.  In that case it counts as something old, and borrowed.  Something blue is often accounted for in the garter, but it does not have to be.  Something borrowed can be jewelry, the wedding dress, veil, maybe a hair comb or adornment.  If your wedding dress is the something new, then think jewelry for the borrowed item.  Borrow your mom’s pearls, or your best friend’s diamond ear rings.  And almost all of us ladies have a dime at the bottom of purses, use one from someone else’s purse and you have “borrowed” your “sixpence”

All of these things can be easily incorporated into your dress or bouquet.  Sewing a blue ribbon, piece of heirloom fabric or borrowed button into the hem or seem line of your dress can be quickly done. Even sewing the date of your wedding with light blue thread into the underside of the dress would be a nice way to incorporate blue. Necklaces, brooches, charms and such can be incorporated into your bouquet.    One of our brides, whose father had recently passed, used her father’s watch in her bouquet.  Some part of her dad did walk her down the isle.  We’ve had other brides wrap their grandmother’s rosary around the base of their bouquet as well.

Use your imagination, express yourself, and make it fun.  It’s your day, and you want to pack in as much luck as you can.

Engagement Rings: History Behind the Bling!

Photo Credit: Limelight Photography

By:  Chelsea, ECC

“I’m engaged!” When someone tells you that, your first reaction would be to look straight at the left hand for a beautiful engagement ring.  Have you ever thought of how that tradition came around?  Some say it could have begun way back when caveman would braid grass around the wrist or ankle of their chosen mate.  In that case we have come a long way from grass to a diamond ring!

The engagement ring arose in 1215 when Pope Innocent III added to Pope Nicholas declaration to make the engagement official instituting a mandatory waiting period between the engagement and the wedding making it where the engagement could not be avoided or skipped over and the ring having a more important role.  At this time only the wealthy could afford beautiful stones for their engagement rings while majority had a metal engagement band.

Proposing with a diamond ring did not really become popular until 1477 when Archduke Maximilian I of Habsburg proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring with flat diamonds pressed into it in the shape of an ‘M’.  Even as the 19th century came around, diamonds were still very uncommon unless you were rich or famous.  Diamonds were desired for the engagement ring but there was not enough until 1870 when the rich Kimberley deposit was founded in Africa, making the price of the diamond drop and diamond becoming the most popular thing for a man to give a woman and the famous quote, “Diamond’s are a girl’s best friend” very true!

Today 80% of women are given an engagement ring.  In countries such as Denmark and Germany, plain simple bands are still very popular for both men and woman to where.  In places like Norway the ring is worn on the right “ring finger” instead of the left.  So even though there are many different traditions and styles of the engagement ring, it has been around for many centuries and will continue to be the symbol of true love!

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