There are many rhymes, superstition and traditions related to weddings but probably not everyone knows the origin or meaning of them.
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue... and a sixpence in your shoe"
The meaning of this popular bridal rhyme dates back to the Victorian times.
Something old refers to wearing something that represents a link with the bride's old life. Usually brides wear their mother's wedding dress or a piece of the family Jewelry.
Wearing something new may bring good fortune to the bride's new life. The bridal gown can be used , if it is purchased new, or any other new item purchased of the bride's wedding attire.
Wearing something borrowed, which has been worn by a friend on her wedding day (if she is happily married), is meant to bring good luck.
Something blue dates back to biblical times when the color blue was the symbol of purity and fidelity.
A sixpence in your shoe... is a symbol of wealth. Placing a sixpence in the bride's left shoe, should bring her both financial wealth and wealth of happiness throughout her married life.
Month of Marriage Rhyme
This is an old English rhyme that tells you the best month for getting married.
Married when the year is new,
When February birds do mate
If you wed when March winds blow
Marry in April when you can
Marry in the month of May
Marry when the June roses grow
Those who in July do wed
Whoever wed in August be,
Marry in September's shine,
If in October you do marry
If you wed in bleak November
When December's snows fall fast,
Religious scruples prevented Christians from marrying during Lent, Advent, or Easter week. In the 16th century, thanks to the Protestant Reformation, the church allowed to celebrate wedding ceremonies during these religious holidays.
Day of Wedding - Rhyme
Despite this rhyme most couples prefer to marry on Saturday.
Monday for wealth.
Sunday, in ancient times was the best day for getting married because most people were free from work.
Bridal Gown Rhyme
Married in White, you have chosen right
In ancient times brides used to marry in red or others bright colors. Was Josephine Bonaparte who broke this tradition by wearing a white gown on her wedding day. Since then, brides began wearing white gowns as symbol of their social status and wealth.White is also the symbol purity and virginity.
" Married in green, ashamed to be seen": To say a girl 'had a green gown' also implied that she was of loose morals, because her dress would be grass-stained due to rolling around in the fields!
Ancient Roman Proverb
"Prosperity to the man and happiness to the maid when married in June"
The name of June derives from Juno , the Roman Goddess of women. She possessed women's life, protecting their fertility and blessing engagements and marriages.
The Romans believed that blessed marriages that took place in her month.