Wednesday, February 16, 2011

DreamGroup’s Wedding Wednesday: Tip of the Week

Collect your Traditional Items...

If you’re planning to participate in the fun and “lucky” tradition of collecting your something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue, its fun to ask close female relatives for suggestions as to what each item should be. Make sure that once you’ve fount everything, put all four items in safe place where you can find them before the wedding.

Here are a few suggestions for your traditional items from our friends at

The tradition of the bride wearing something old (for continuity), new (optimism for the future), borrowed (happiness), and blue (fidelity, good fortune, and love) on her wedding day stems from an Old English rhyme. The "something borrowed" comes from the superstition that happiness rubs off, so the bride borrowed something from a happily married woman. "Something blue" comes from the notion that the shade denotes fidelity, purity and love.

Many brides consider their dress to be their something new, but here are a few options for the other three requirements.

Something Old: A family heirloom such as your grandmother's wedding band or string of pearls; a lace handkerchief; an old hat pin secured on the inside of your gown.

Something Borrowed: A family member's or friend's headpiece or veil; a piece of your mother's jewelry.

Something Blue: Your garter; blue toenail polish; lingerie.

There's also a fifth, though often dropped, line of the rhyme: "A penny in your shoe" (or, in England, a sixpence). Each is said to help ensure a lifetime of fortune. Additional customs relating to luck include: sewing a small pouch filled with a piece of bread, a sliver of wood, a bit of cloth, or a dollar bill into the hem of a bride's petticoat to protect against future shortages of food, shelter, clothing, or money. Sewing a small horseshoe into the dress's waistband heralds good luck. Brides in Greece also believe a lump of sugar tucked into one of their wedding gloves will bring sweetness to their married life.

Interested in other traditional customs surrounding the bride on her big day? From wearing a veil to tossing the garter, check out the rest of article here.

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