Something Old, Something New…

Did you ever wonder how all the wedding traditions were started?

The ceremonial bouquet toss originated in medieval Europe!  Single women would chase the bride and rip pieces off her dress to take home as a bit of bridal luck. Over the years, brides began to toss the bouquet as a distraction. Hands off the dress!

We all know that diamonds are a bride’s best friend! Diamond engagement rings date back to the 15th century when only brides among royalty could expect to receive one.  And why is your ring finger, your ring finger? Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was believed that the vein in that finger led directly to your heart. How sweet!

The tradition of the white bridal gown was started by Queen Victoria who decided on white rather than the usual royal tradition of wearing silver. White also is said to symbolize purity and virginity.
And, of course, there’s that well-known saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe.” It is an old English rhyme referring to the little tokens of good luck a bride carries with her on her wedding day. Something old represents continuity; something new symbolizes the hope of a happy future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a silver sixpence represents the hope for good fortune.