True, when it comes to weddings, there are many traditions. Have you ever wondered what these traditions mean? Really mean? And, where did they start? I have.
True, there’s many reasons for including something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue in every bride’s mind on her wedding day, but I was happy to find the "official" meanings. Where? In the pages of a (free) Travel Guide Almanac that also contains "common" knowledge on the subject…and other subjects one might wonder about. The kind I like to grab onto and share when I find it.
For those interested, here it is.
We all know…for the brides it is customary to have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue with them at the altar. The "old" and the "new" are worn to symbolize the movement from one family to another. An old life to a new one.
"Something borrowed" is a gift given to the bride by a happily married woman in the hopes that good fortune would pass to the new couple.
"Something blue" is worn because it is an ancient symbol of love, modesty, fidelity and purity.
Two customs…the guests throwing rice before a newly married couple and the husband carrying his new bride over the threshold…come from ancient superstitions. People were once so worried about bad luck that both of these practices were meant to shield the young couple from evil spirits.
A wedding band is traditionally worn on the left hand. Why? People believed that was where you could find a vein leading directly to the heart.
And, what about throwing the bouquet? It was once thought to be good luck to receive a piece of clothing from a new bride. Unfortunately, this practice led to brides leaving their wedding dress in tatters. So the practice of throwing certain articles to the guests became preferable.
When I had my shop on Main Street, I stopped by quite often and visited with Miss Ruth Gant, a favorite teacher, and friend.
This particular visit was for the soul purpose of asking her for something…a "keepsake" to put in my "memorabilia drawer." After getting permission from her cat, she left the room momentarily, came back and handed me a beautiful, white lace handkerchief.
"I carried this handkerchief on my wedding day," she said.
My "something new."