“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe”

Something Old

Represents the link with the bride’s family and the past. A common solution many brides choose is to wear a piece of family jewellery or their mother or grandmother’s wedding dress.

Something New

Represents good fortune and success in the bride’s new life. The wedding dress is often chosen as the new item.

Something Borrowed

To remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her when help is needed. The borrowed object might be something such as an item of jewellery, however it must be returned to ensure good luck!

Something Blue

Symbolises faithfulness and loyalty and dates back to biblical times when blue represented purity. Frequently the bride’s garter is the blue item.

A silver sixpence in her shoe:

Is to wish the bride wealth, both financial and emotional.

 

The wedding veil

The wedding veil hides the bride’s beauty and wards off evil spirits. Another explanation is that during the times of arranged marriages the bride’s face would be covered until the groom at committed to the marriage.

Where to stand

The bride stands on the left of the groom during the marriage ceremony to allow his sword arm to be free ready to fight off other men who want her as their bride.

Confetti

The throwing of confetti is an ancient fertility ritual. Handfuls of grain or nuts were traditionally thrown because they are life-giving seeds.

Wedding Bouquet

The throwing of the wedding bouquet was introduced from America and it is said that whoever catches the bouquet will be the next to be married.

Wearing pearls

To some, pearls represent future tears and are a bad sign. However, to others, the wearing of pearls takes the place of the bride’s real tears and thus she will have a happy, tear-free wedded life.

Dropping of the wedding ring

This is a contradictory wedding myth. The positive myth is that dropping hte wedding ring during the ceremony shakes out the evil spirits. The negative aspect is that whoever drops the ring is said to be the first to die.

Seeing the bride

It is considered good luck for the groom not to see the bride’s dress before the wedding day. It will bring more luck if he does not glance as his bride-to-be walks down the aisle.

Wedding gifts

Gifts that are bought by the guests have replaced the custom of bringing fruits that used to encourage fertility.

The threshold

Carrying the bride over the threshold protects her from any evil spirits that may be lurking in the new home.

The wedding cake

This was originally lots of little wheat cakes that were broken over the Bride’s head to bestow good luck and fertility. Today, the more traditional three tier wedding cake is based on the unusual shape of the spire of Saint Bride’s Church in London. Traditionally the newly-weds should make the first cut to signify sharing their life.

Flowers

Traditionally, the Groom is to wear a flower that appears in the bridal bouquet in his button-hole. This stems from the Mediaeval tradition of a Knight wearing his Lady’s colours, as a declaration of his love.