A wedding is the celebration of two people coming together in front of friends, family, and God to declare their love and commitment to each other. On a couple's wedding day, they begin their life together and start creating their own traditions. Weddings have tons of traditions and superstitions that date back for centuries. However, couple's are not always aware of how these traditions started or how to incorporate these traditions into their modern wedding. That is why I have decided to tackle #TraditionTuesday. On Tuesdays, I will highlight wedding traditions - how to incorporate them into your wedding and also the meaning behind them.
Traditions might be too "old school" for some couples, but traditions are meant to be passed down to link generations together. There are ways to incorporate traditions into your wedding and still have a unique and personal wedding day.
For the first, #TraditionTuesday will dive into the "Something Old, Something New, Something Blue" tradition.
The poem we hear today "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue" represents small tokens of good luck for the bride and groom to receive on her wedding day. The tradition comes from an old-english poem that dates back to 1898 - "Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe. " A sixpence is a form of European currency that should symbolize prosperity for the bride and groom. However, it is a European form of currency, and the main reason that the "sixpence" reference is rarely used in the United States.
So what does the rest of the poem mean? Below I will explain the tradition behind each capulet and examples on how you can incorporate it into your wedding.
Originally meant to ward off the evil eye from the future children of the bride and groom. However, I think it is the perfect way to honor past love stories into your wedding - but that is just my own opinion.
Here are a few examples of how to incorporate "Something Old" into your wedding:
This capulet offers optimism for the new couple as they begin their new life together.
"Something Borrowed" should be something borrowed from a happily married couple to wish the new couple "Good Luck." Centuries ago, the superstition urged women/relatives with healthy children to give the bride their undergarments in hopes the bride would also have healthy pregnancies and children. The tradition has changed to now borrowing a veil from a close friend, sister, or cufflinks from grandparents.
The color blue stands for love, purity, and fidelity, which are critical to a successful and happy marriage.
Check back next Tuesday as I unveil more traditions and how to incorporate them into your wedding.
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