Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in your Shoe
This is a rhyme from Victorian times yet the customs have much older origins.
Something Old represents the couple's friends who will hopefully remain close during the marriage. This was traditionally a garter given to the bride from a happily married woman in the hope that the happiness would pass to the new bride.
Something New symbolises a happy and prosperous future for the newly-weds.
Something Borrowed is traditionally something lent by the bride's family. The bride must return this ...
The white wedding dress was made popular by Anne of Brittany in 1499. Prior to that time and until the 1900's, a woman would simply wear the best dress in her wardrobe.
The wearing of white has been a symbol of celebration since Roman times. In 19th century Victorian times white was considered a sign of affluence as it was assumed that a woman would only be able to wear white once (twice at the most) before the dress became soiled. At the beginning of the 20th century white ...
Almost every bride and groom receives a wedding ring from their new spouse as part of the wedding ritual. But what do wedding rings actually symbolise?
Wedding rings are an unbroken circle which is to symbolise the everlasting love and are worn on the third finger of the left hand as in Roman times it was believed a vein ran from this finger straight to the heart.
Engagement rings were first used after Pope Nicholas proclaimed in 860AD that not only was an engagement ring required to seal the agreement of marriage, but that it should ...