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Feelin’ Lucky? A History of Bridal Traditions

By |2015-03-17T08:00:53+00:00March 17th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Brides have been carrying somethings old, new, borrowed and blue for more than a hundred years. Have you ever wondered where the tradition comes from? There are lots of superstitions and “good luck charms” that have graced weddings throughout the years, and on St. Patrick’s Day, we’re sharing some of the history behind what people believe bring good fortune to a marriage.

Not Seeing the Bride Before the Ceremony

Harkening back to when arranged marriages were common (and more of a business arrangement), fathers were afraid that if the groom saw the bride before the ceremony and call it all off. How romantic, huh? Now, the tradition offers brides a great photo opportunity with their grooms.

Something Old, Something New…

Four things that many brides carry for good luck on their wedding day include something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. This tradition stems from an Old English rhyme (circa the 1890s) bestowing good fortune on brides that carried these items. Today, these tokens are often given to brides by their friends and loved ones shortly before they travel down the aisle as a symbol of “giving them away” or “sending them off” on their new life. The tokens represent good things to come in your married life, too. Something old is for continuity; something new provides optimism for a happy future; something borrowed represents borrowed happiness; something blue symbolizes purity, love and fidelity. The English rhyme ends with “and a sixpence in her shoe.” British brides still do this, but it’s less popular in America, though some think slipping a penny in your shoe for good luck isn’t a bad idea.

Tossing the Bouquet

In the 14th century, anything carried by the bride was considered good luck, making the bouquet a coveted item by other ladies. Throwing the bouquet became a way for the bride to give her adoring fans some of her good luck without having her dress torn to pieces. Folklore also suggests that the bouquet toss provided a diversion for her to slip away with her new husband. If you don’t like the idea of your beautiful bouquet being destroyed, choose a smaller bouquet just for tossing.

Carrying the Bride Across Your Home’s Threshold

In ancient times, the threshold housed evil spirits just waiting for someone to pounce on. If a groom carried his new bride inside, he was protecting her and ushering in a new chapter of life. Medieval Europeans also believed that a woman shouldn’t look to excited about consummating her marriage, so her groom would gallantly carry her.

Rain on Your Wedding Day

Pipe down, Alanis Morrissette, rain on your wedding day is good luck! A Hindu tradition, rain that wets the knot of marriage (get it – tying the knot?) is good luck, because a knot that is wet is much harder to untie.

However you choose to celebrate your own traditions, you’ll want to capture every moment. A flush mount wedding photo album from Albums Remembered is the perfect way to create a beautiful keepsake you’ll treasure for years to come. Contact us today to get started, and may the luck of the Irish be with you – happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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