Something old represents the past. Select some of your heirloom jewellery pieces or visit a vintage store for a nice pair of gloves or a discreet brooch.
The "something borrowed" is often lent by a friend or family member who is happily married. The good fortune of the friend's or family member's marriage will rub off on the bride's marriage, so that it will be just as happy. It also means that the bride can always count on these people to be supportive of her. It can be anything – a small purse, a discreet necklace, a hairband or a veil.
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A coin in your shoe
True to tradition, you also put a coin in the bride's shoe to symbolise prosperity for the wedding couple. You can also place it in a small sachet and sew it into your garter or the hem of your dress, as it can be hard to run around all day with a coin in your shoe. It is especially impossible if you are not wearing closed shoes. You should go for a copper coin, as copper is said to bring good luck.
The colour blue represents fidelity and purity and the bride's blue colour is often represented in her garter. Another great way to incorporate blue is to have your monograms sewn into the dress with blue thread. It can also be a detail on your lingerie or elastic band in your hair – it doesn't have to be so complicated.
The wedding dress
It is a well-known tradition that the groom should not see the wedding dress before the wedding, as it means bad luck. So it is a good idea to hide it away until he sees you in church.
The bride should also not sew her own wedding dress. For every stitch she has sewn in her dress, she will cry a tear in her marriage.
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There is also some superstition associated with the bride's shoes. It is said that a bride's shoes should not be given to her as a gift from her future husband, as it means that she'll run away from him. If the bride chooses to buy her bridal shoes, she must take good care of them. If they break, it means the same thing will happen to their marriage.
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3 fun and romantic traditions for the wedding party
1. The groom takes off the garter that the bride is wearing, as proof that she is spoken for. Then he throws it out among the male singles. It will bring good luck to the one who catches her garter.
2. The bridal veil is torn after the wedding waltz. This shows that the bride goes from being a girl to becoming a woman who has entered into a marriage.
3. The groom gets his socks or tie clipped which shows that he is no longer courting – he is officially off the market.