Bridal Traditions - Old & New
The most popular bridal tradition is likely to be the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. This tradition stems from the Victorian era but is still incorporated today albeit often with more modern twists.
"Something old" represents the bride's family ancestry, where she is coming from. One of my recent brides used the ring bearer pillow from her mom and dad's wedding and added a charm to her bouquet which he father had given her. Since Dad is now deceased, this was her way of honoring and including him.
"Something new" is meant to represent where the bride is headed with her new husband and new life. This may be a gift from the groom or it might be something representing their success together or a token of good luck. A modern version of this might be that the couple gets matching tattoos shortly before the wedding.
"Something borrowed" traditionally was meant to be something borrowed from a happily married woman, either family or friend to signify the willingness of others to support the couple in their new life together. However today, it takes many twists; it could mean borrowing your friend's sassy sandals to wear under your wedding gown just because you love them or it could mean borrowing diamond earrings from Harry Winston Jewelers.
"Something blue" dates back to Roman times when blue was considered to be the color of fidelity, love and purity. Many brides will have their initials embroidered inside their gown in blue; or add a few hints of pale blue into their bouquet either through flowers, ribbons or even a blue crystal rosary.
I love seeing the creativity today's brides bring to their weddings, both traditional and personal! It makes life so interesting!