Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue….
We’ve all heard the wedding saying – but just what does it mean and what items can you use?
This relates to a link to the bride’s past. Some say this is a desire to remain connected with your family even after you established a family of your own. Other sources say it represents the life you are leaving behind. Another idea is that the tradition of family values and the connection family brings is being passed down to you.
It is safe to say that all of these assumptions are correct; the bride is leaving behind her past to start a new beginning, but not to forget where she has been. Things you can use for the something old include family jewellery, an old handkerchief or a piece of lace sewn into the hem of your gown.
Means optimism and hope for the future. It conveys the message that you and your husband are creating a new union that will endure the test of time. Many brides choose to use their wedding gown, flowers or rings to symbolise the “something new” in this tradition.
There are several meanings behind borrowing an item from a friend or relative. Some sources say it is borrowing happiness from a happily married woman, so that their happiness will carry over to the new bride. Other sources have said it relates to the love you have for the person from whom you have borrowed the item from. The borrowed item also signifies to the bride that she can always count on her friends and family for support.
The colour blue has long been connected to weddings as a symbol of love, modesty, fidelity, good luck, purity and loyalty.
Many brides incorporate this colour into their clothing wearing a blue garter. However, you could use a blue ribbon tied into your flowers, blue underwear, or even light blue shoes – the possibilities are endless.
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