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Every wonder why…Modern Wedding Traditions

With the royal wedding just days away, there is a lot of talk going on in the wedding industry as to what new trends will be set. From all reports, it seems that the wedding celebration will be a blend of tradition and contemporary practices. Though many people I have talked to don’t seem to be all that interested (at least here in the U.S.) in the wedding, I believe we will see some trends set and it would be unwise to discount the importance of historical Royal Weddings!

I thought it would be fun to delve into some common wedding traditions, so here it goes:

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in her shoe (did you know that last line??)

Something old: Symbolizes the bride maintaining relationships with her family and friends from her pre-married life.

Something new: Symbolizes hope and optimism for the future

Something borrowed: This should be an item borrowed from a happily married lady and some of that happiness and joy should spread to your new married life!

Something blue: Traditional wedding dress color prior to the mid 19th century, symbolizes love, modesty and fidelity. The Virgin Mary is often depicted in blue for these same reasons.

Silver Six pence in her shoe: optimal placement for good financial luck is in the left shoe. Don’t have a sixpence handy? Substitute with a penny or a dime and you’ll be fine 🙂

The Veil: Believe it or not, there was a time when weddings were really just contracts between two families, and the bride and groom didn’t even see each other until the ceremony. The veil kept the bridehidden from her future husband. Veils were also used to ward off evil spirits in ancient times and often shrouded the bride from head to toe.

Double ring ceremony: Have you heard that Prince William won’t be wearing a wedding ring? That’s the rumor anyway, and before you think too harshly of him keep in mind that it is only since the 1940’s brilliant marketing ploy of American jewelry companies that men have worn rings.  Historically rings were worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because ancient Egyptians believed there was a vein from that finger directly to the heart. It was also a symbol of the husbands pledge to keep his bride financially secure, hence it was made of gold.

A white wedding gown: Up until the 1840 wedding of Queen Victoria brides wore gowns of all colors, something practical that they would wear again. The wealthy would have a new dress made for the occasion, but most people would just wear their finest dress. Queen Victoria changed that by wearing a white satin gown (her 12 bridesmaids all wore white too, she started the tradition of bridesmaids all matching as well!) and a lace veil. White gowns took off like crazy and became the color to wear from there on out.

Queen Vicotoria's 1840 wedding portrait

So, for those of you that aren’t interested in the royal wedding…this “trend” has been around for almost 200 years!

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