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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW...

Whether you are planning a traditional wedding or something a little avant garde, you may want to include a few of the age od traditions and customs you have heard over the years.

What do they mean?  Where did they come from?  

Many traditions originated from Victorian England, while some date back to Biblical times.

So what does...

SOMETHING OLD. SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE AND A SILVER SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE 

really mean?

SOMETHING OLD...represents the ties the Bride shares with her family and past.  Traditionally this is a piece of jewelry from a significant person like Mom or Grand Mom. Why not honor these special women by tucking a lovely necklace or rosary into your bouquet or a treasured brooch pinned onto the ribbon of your flowers?

SOMETHING NEW...promises good fortune and success in the Bride's new life.  The wedding gown traditionally is chosen.

SOMETHING BORROWED...reminds the Bride that family and friends will always be there for her.  Again, jewelry is a favorite choice.  And really, can you ever have too much jewelry?  Certainly, Grandmother's antique haircomb or handerchief would be lovely.  Back in the day, handkerchiefs were traditionally tucked into the bride's gown.

SOMETHING BLUE...symbolizes faithfulness and loyalty throughout the marriage.  In Biblical times blue represented purity.  Tradionally this has almost always been the garter, and while you may still do this, why not wear the most stunning BLUE SHOES?

SILVER SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE...brings wishes for a wealth of happiness and finances. This is a lesser known tradition, but why tempt fate?  Tuck a shiny new penny, with your wedding year date, in your shoe!

Adding a little time honored tradtion, to your wedding day, brings your family and memories into your day.  You may give them a starring role or tuck them close to your heart, but you will always feel the love, warmth and memory these special momentos hold for you.

 Someday you may be the special someone who passes on the "SOMETHING OLD".

written by Paula Matheos

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