Category Archives: Tradition

Something Blue

There’s an old English rhyme that goes something like this…

“Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”

I’m sure we’ve all heard this before, but how about the last line? Somehow the sixpence in her shoe seems to have been dropped from our modern day versions but the “something blue” has remained a popular wedding tradition for today’s brides. So what does it mean anyway? The “something blue” was meant to symbolize love and good fortune, the object being a little something blue (of course) that the bride could have with her on her wedding day.

I’ve picked a few common (and some other not so common) “something blues” for all the lovely brides-to-be thinking of that special something they’ll have with them throughout the day…. Garters seem to always be the default “blue” accessory, so here are two fun options. For something a little more custom, how about adding sprinkles of blue into the brides bouquet, or wearing sapphire earrings instead of the typical pearls or diamonds? If you want something even more unique, you can use an accessory like the beautiful comb below to add that hint of blue. And for the statement blue piece? The shoes! My favorites are the bright blue satin Manolo Blahnik’s below!

And if you haven’t already noticed, today we have our own piece of the poem on One to Wed… something new (an updated image that is!) Hope you like it!!

 

Credits:  Jadaco GemsChristian Louboutin, Seasons Florist, Manolo Blahnik, EtsyWhimsical Wonderland Weddings, The Garter Girl

Enchanted – For a Fairy Tale Wedding

Whether you like them or not, we all grew up with fairy tales. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel have all made their way into our hearts and still inspire us to dream about our own happy ending. And isn’t your wedding day supposed to be just that?

Every bride deserves an enchanted wedding day whether it’s big or small, so here are some “fairy tale inspired” ideas to bring out the Sleeping Beauties in each of us…

I imagine colors in fairy tales to be light, airy and delicate which is why a pale pink and light turquoise are so fitting. The setting doesn’t need to be in the middle of a pink enchanted forest (first photo), but your photos can be done in a unique and enchanted place of your own. How about your reception venue? Well, a castle may be more realistic than you think..   Although the Egeskov Castle in Denmark (second photo) may not be available for your reception, there are so many castle-like venues that can help to create your fairy tale wedding. And the dresses…. I picked a light blue for the bridesmaids (forth photo), and yes although the dramatic staircase below isn’t necessarily realistic, it is meant to inspire the type of wedding photos that you would find only in fairy tales. Finally, the wedding gowns (fifth and sixth photos) are of course romantic but strong and simply perfect for an enchanted affair.

 

Credits:  Afinidades Eletivas, Denmark Travel GuideSugar Plum Invitations, Douglas Hannant via Martha Stewart Weddings, Monique Lhuillier via Martha Stewart Weddings, Piccsy, Etsy, Unable to find source, Unable to find source, Enchanted Florist,

Tying the Knot

Before there was “until death do us part” at wedding ceremonies, there was “tying the knot”…

“Tying the knot”, “to tie the knot”, even just “the knot” (think wedding planning website) have become wildly overused phrases in the wedding world but I’m guessing you, like me, never stopped to think where it all came from.

It was said that in ancient Celtic and Pagan wedding rituals, the hands of the bride and groom were tied together. The custom became known as handfasting. And as you may have guessed, the term handfasting served as the origin for our expression “tying the knot” today.

So where am I going with this? Well aside from teaching you something you may not have known a minute ago, there are a number of fun and unique ways for old traditions to be incorporated into modern day weddings. I’m not talking about literally tying the bride and grooms hand together at the alter, but how about incorporating a little piece of a past tradition into your modern day wedding? There are some amazing ways to do just that (see below)… from a “knot” boutonniere, to a creative way of filling an empty reception room (check out the cool rope rug), or just use some rope to “accessorize” (adding to your table setting, your centerpiece or for your bridesmaids dresses?) Well maybe not the bridesmaids dresses but you get my point. Think a little out of the box, blend a bit of old and new, and you have no idea what you may come up with…

 

Credits:  A Subtle Revelry, Pinterest, PinterestKiss the Groom, Style Me Pretty, Tommy HilfigerGreen Wedding Shoes, Anais Collezioni by St Pucci, Crush Culdesac, Style Me Pretty

The Getaway Wedding Car

Finding the perfect wedding car seems to have become a difficult feat these days with wedding party entourages continuing to grow in number and rental car, bus, limo, trolley, (horse and carriage?) prices becoming more and more unbearable. So whether you are dreaming of a traditional Rolls Royce, a modern Bentley or a Hummer Limo, the options really are endless.

Today we’re sticking to the traditional; I’m thinking more vintage classic over ultra-modern. I love the look of the antiques, especially on your wedding day, and most especially for some good photo ops. So between these amazing finds, I think there is one for even the modern bride to love…

 

Credits: Once Wed, Once Wed, Whimsical Wonderland WeddingsPinterest via Jose Villa BlogPinterest, Style Me PrettyGrey Likes WeddingsDanis Stephenson Photography, Pinterest

The Old Hollywood Wedding Way

In honor of the Oscars this weekend, what could be more fitting than a bridal throwback to the Old Hollywood wedding and all that comes with it: think glamour, charm, and Clark Gable.  When I think of the Old Hollywood wedding I think red lipstick, lace, feathers, lovely headpieces, and the roaring 20s.  Even today you can have a piece of old Hollywood in your wedding by just incorporating a few statement pieces like any of these – from a mid-century(esque) necklace, to a vintage inspired wedding bouquet, a classic veil, or finishing it all off with an exquisite dress.

Feeling like you are living in the past yet?

 

 

Credits: Culture Bridal, BHLDN, Restoration HardwareCulture Bridal, Flourish BouquetsEtsy, Style Me Pretty, EtsyWhimsical Wonderland Weddings