Archive of ‘Something Old’ category

Wedding Memories: The Garter Toss

The tossing the wedding garter is an time old wedding tradition. In days gone by, the bride and groom had to show proof of their wedding consummation and in order for it to be proven it was common to have people like family and friends come into the room with the couple on their wedding […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: Wearing a veil

To wear a veil or not – this is a big question for many a vintage bride.  In recent years it has fallen out of favour and if it is worn it is worn pulled back as a headdress rather can a face covering.  There are many origins of a bride wearing a veil on her wedding […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: Throwing Rice

In early Roman times, wheat was the grain of choice for the wedding ceremony, as wheat, not rice, symbolized fertility. The virginal bride carried a sheaf of wheat in her hand throughout the ceremony, or wore a garland of wheat in her hair. Instead of the bride tossing a bouquet, as is traditionally done today, […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: The brides trousseau

What is a brides trousseau?  Many years ago it would of been a dowry, but in more recent history the trousseau, from the old French word ‘trusse’ for bundle, would have been a trunk or set of luggage that contained all a young girl owned as she went off to start her new life as a married […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: Keeping the first tier of the wedding cake

To understand this tradition, you have to think back to the old rhyme: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!” It used to be thought that once a wedding took place, a baby was going to come shortly after, so therefore the wedding and christening ceremonies were often […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: Eloping to Gretna Green

Gretna Green is a village in Dumfries & Galloway in Scotland just over the border from England.   Many years ago the town was the first village across the Scottish border for the stagecoaches on the London to Edinburgh route.  At that time in Scotland, any man and woman over the age of sixteen could get married by declaring […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: The Bride & Groom Leaving Early

In weddings of the past the bride and groom, who up to this time would of lived separately, would usually leave their wedding early and go straight to their honeymoon.  Their exit was the cause of much celebration with more confetti throwing, cheers and their discovery of a decorated car.   The honeymoon was seen as the beginning of their married life […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: A Sixpence in the brides shoe

  We all know the rhyme – ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ but did you know it has a fifth part? ‘…and a sixpence in her shoe.’ The something old represents the brides past, the something new represent her new life with her husband, something borrowed would be borrowed from a happily married woman to get […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: Sending Cake in the Post

These days it has become traditional to cut the cake at your wedding reception following the meal, speeches and gift giving. It is the last formal part of the wedding and marks the end of the reception – although, these days, the reception will very often carry on unbroken into the evening party.  The bride and […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: Reading Telegrams

Telegrams.  STOP.  Always used to be read at weddings.  STOP.  Better than a ‘With Regret’ card.  STOP.  Were a great, fun part of the speeches.  STOP.  Could be quite cheeky.  STOP.  Looked beautiful.  STOP.  Sort of miss them.  STOP. source Telegrams were common forms of correspondence for various special occasions right from the time the first message […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: Wedding cake pillars

In todays wedding memories we remember when all wedding cakes were separated by columns.  Its is surprising how quickly things fall out of favour and in the last 10 years it has become quite rare to see cakes separated in the way.  Replaced by stacked cakes and wedding cake stands that make the tiers ‘float’ […] Read more…

Wedding Memories: Lucky horseshoe charms

Do you remember when all brides carried a silver horseshoe charm with them? Legend has it that in the 10th century the Archbishop of Canterbury (who was a former blacksmith) managed to outwit the devil. In the story the devil asked him to shoe his hoof and realising his customer was the devil he nailed the shoe on as […] Read more…

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