Timeless Traditions

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weddings are all about traditions. Some traditions are common, some are quirky, and some are totally outdated! As I interact with dozens of brides every day, I'm always hearing about how today's brides are choosing to incorporate various traditions into their weddings. So here are my recommendations for traditions to treasure and traditions to toss!

Treasure: Engagement Rings
Of course this tradition is here to stay! As we learned in the Sex and the City movie, you always need something to seal the deal!! But do you know why the engagement ring is traditionally worn on the left hand? Because the vein the in the left ring finger leads directly to the heart.

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Toss: The White Dress
It's so rare that I see any bright white wedding gowns anymore. More and more brides are embracing creams, ivories, and off-whites to better complement their complexions. Besides that, blush wedding dresses are becoming increasingly popular for the nontraditional brides. If you're feeling especially daring, try a grey or blue gown by Hayley Paige!

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Treasure: Something Old, Something New...
I personally love this tradition, although some brides prefer not to include it. Something Old is meant to represent the bride's link to her family and her past. Something New represents good fortune and success in the brides new life. Something Borrowed is intended to remind the bride that her friends and family will always be there for her. Something Blue symbolizes faithfulness and loyalty and dates back to biblical times when blue represented purity. You can make this tradition your own by choosing items that are personal and meaningful to you!

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Toss: Sixpence in Her Shoe
Believe it or not, the last line of the "Something Old, Something New" tradition is "and a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe!" This is meant to wish the bride wealth, both financial and happiness.  It's a harmless tradition, but most couples today understand that the prosperity will come through their hard work, not a coin placed in a shoe.

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Treasure: The Honeymoon
The honeymoon is an ancient tradition that dates back to the 5th century, when cultures represented calendar time with moon cycles.  Back then, the newlywed couple drank mead (the "honey") during the first moon of their marriage. Mead is a honey-based alcoholic drink believed to have aphrodisiac qualities!

Although that's not quite what the modern-day honeymoon is all about, the idea of escaping from reality for a week or two with your new hubby sounds like a tradition to treasure to me!

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Up to You: The Veil
The veil has been used for many things from concealing the bride's true face in an arranged marriage to masking her face to confuse evil spirits. Nonetheless it's a piece of the bridal attire that some brides are choosing to omit. Personally, I think it completes the look and is absolutely stunning photos! But to each her own!

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Up To You: Garter/Bouquet Toss
This tradition seems outdated for some brides who choose to omit it from their receptions. The idea originates from centuries ago when people considered it lucky to have a bit of the bride's attire. Feel it out between you and your hubby and figure out if the tradition suites you as a couple!

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So whatever traditions you choose to incorporate, be sure to make them your own! And why not create brand new traditions to make your wedding day just as special as you imagined!

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you enjoyed!