Wedding traditions we love
Aug 21st, 2012
Ever wonder what types of wedding traditions you should incorporate into your wedding? Wedding traditions can be particular to a family, a region, a country, and/or heritage. They can help make your wedding feel more personalized and also create fun activities for the guests and wedding party.
Here are some wedding traditions we’ve seen in the US:
1. Something new, something old, something borrowed, something blue!
Apparently this tradition comes from Victorian England, where there is a saying “Something old, something new/Something borrowed, something blue/ And a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Each is supposed to represent something good for the bride. The ‘something old’ is to represent her connection to her past, ‘something new’ is the expectation for a bright future, ‘something borrowed’ is to remind her that she can rely on her family and friends, and ‘something blue’ represents love, fidelity, beauty, and modesty (traditionally blue represented these things in ancient Rome apparently as well as in Catholicism with the Virgin Mary dressed in blue).
2. Faux-bridal bouquet
This tradition is most common in the US Midwest, where at the bridal shower, as the bride-to-be opens each gift, the gift wrapping, ribbons, and bows are threaded into a paper plate to create a “bouquet” that the bride-to-be carries down the aisle at the rehearsal. But be careful (or reckless) – each broken ribbon represents a baby!
3. Signing on the bottom of the bride’s shoes
This seems to be more of a modern tradition for the women in the party (imported from Turkey?). The bottom of your beautiful wedding shoes are signed in blue ink by the most important women in your life – even if no one else can see it, it’s a secret that you and your girls will share.
Of course, there are so many other wedding traditions- both old and new that make the day special. What are some of yours?