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Wedding Customs: Something Old, Something New

Wedding Customs: Something Old, Something New

There are many customs attached to weddings, but a custom that is used by woman from various cultures is: something old, something new, something borrowed something blue. Have you ever wondered where the custom comes from? It has been said thorough out the ages, but very few people know what the meaning behind it.

 
Did you know that the custom actually comes from an Olde English poem by an anonymous poet during the Victorian era?  Everything written in the poem was to represent a good omen and if the bride carried all of the things on her wedding day her marriage would be a huge success for many years.
 
The original good luck phrase reads as:
 
Something old, something new 
Something borrowed, something blue 
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
 
Something old shows off the connection with the bride to her family especially her mother or grandmother. While something new is to bring luck to the bride to be in her new role as a wife.
 
Something borrowed is to remind the bride that friends and family are there to support her in her transition from being single to married.
 
Something blue is a symbol for loyalty and faithfulness, also a symbol of purity. It is common for a bride to wear a blue garter.
 
The sixpence was used as a good luck charm to wish the bride success with an abundance of financial security in her new life as a wife. This custom is more popular in Britain though these days American brides just may jump on this.
 
 
Yolanda Shoshana   http://www.moderncourtesanmagazine.com
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