There are so many sayings that are trotted out when a couple are getting married like “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe” Did you know that this rhyme originated in Victorian times? “Something Old” signifies that the couple’s friends will stay with them. In one version of the tradition the “Something Old” was an old garter which was given to the brides by a happily married woman so that the new brides would also enjoy a happy marriage. “Something New” looks to the future for health, happiness and success. We always hear at least part of this one when we are talking to bridal couples at our wedding venue in Kent.
We find that even though people talk about what is good and what is bad luck not many people know how these customs originated. For example, “Something Borrowed” is an opportunity for the Brides’s family to give her something as a token of their love (it must be returned to ensure Good Luck), and ‘Something Blue’ is thought lucky because Blue represents fidelity and constancy. The custom began in ancient Israel where bridess wore a blue ribbon in their hair to symbolise their fidelity. A sixpence was placed in the shoe to bring the couple wealth in their married life. Some bridess still place a coin in their shoe during the marriage ceremony.
What about Flower Power? Flowers have always been a big feature at Weddings. The Grooms is supposed to wear a flower that appears in the Bridal Bouquet in his button-hole. This stems from the medieval tradition of a Knight wearing his Lady’s colours, as a declaration of his love. Each flower has its own meaning and can display a special message. Orange Blossom, for instance, signifies chastity, purity and loveliness, while red chrysanthemums means “I love you”
So, a few more wedding traditions explained. If there are any more that you have heard about just let us know when you come and take a look around our hotel…one of the most beautiful hotels in the Kent.