If you’re in the middle of wedding planning your wedding, it’s guaranteed that you have been told of some traditions and superstitions that have been passed along through the family that the happy couple must integrate into their big day. But what do they all mean?
We’ve explained a few of the most common here, but as with all things related to your wedding day, pick and choose what you see fit and suit your own style - your wedding day should be unique as you, put your own spin on it…
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” This comes from an old Victorian rhyme, with the old being a link with the bride’s family (often a piece of family jewellery, the new representing good fortune and success in the bride’s new life. The wedding dress is most commonly the new item, or perhaps the bride’s shoes, with something borrowed is a reminder that family and friends will be there for the bride when help is needed. Something blue represents faithfulness and loyalty.
“Silver Sixpence in your Shoe” The bride having a silver sixpence placed in her shoe by her father was thought to bring the new couple wealth and happiness during their life together.
The Bride Stands to the Left of her Groom Traditionally, the bride stands to the left of the groom for protection! The grooms left hand would be free to hold his bride, as he would wield his sword in his right hand should anyone come forward to steal his wife to be - which apparently would often happen, and usually, the thief in question would be a member of the brides family!!
Throwing the Bouquet? Despite what we have been led to believe, traditionally the bouquet wasn’t carried down the aisle to look pretty, but to mask the bride’s body odour!! And was often made up of herbs and garlic… The traditional of actually throwing stems back to 14th century France, where the groom would throw the bride’s garter into the crowd, but this quickly emerged as the more civilised alternative of throwing a bouquet and it was thought that whoever caught the bouquet would be next to be married.
Giving Out Favours? Most commonly, five almonds signifying five wishes of health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity were given to each wedding guest, nowadays however, most couple's leave a little gift of chocolate or alcohol at the place setting for each guest.
Throwing Confetti? Throwing confetti at a newly married couple is meant to encourage fertility, traditionally rice was used but the Victorians started to use shredded paper instead. Today, biodegradable confetti is available and becoming more and more popular as couples look towards sustainability in the wedding planning.
Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold? This stems from a time when it was thought that a new bride would carry in evil spirits on the soles of her feet, so her groom carrying her over the threshold would chase the spirits away!
Remember, you don’t have to include all (or any!) of these traditions, just pick the ones you like and do them well.
No matter what your own personal style, we know that you will find something in the Jules Bridal Jewellery collection to suit you. We have a wide selection from bracelets to headpieces, to compliment your wedding day ensemble as well as those of your bridal party.
Wedding hair vines are very on trend this year, but if you are asking yourself “What’s a wedding hair vine?”, let us explain. Wedding hair vines are long, flexible head pieces made on thin twisted wire that can be shaped to any design required to suit your hairstyle. Wedding hair vines generally don’t have any combs attached to them and can easily be pinned into your hair wherever needed. This gives them the flexibility to be worn with many different hairstyles.
So, how should you wear your wedding hair vine...
First, decide on how you will be wearing your hair; will you be wearing your hair down, in a long loose braid? Hair vines also look fantastic in half up half down hairstyles. Simply secure into the section of your hair that is pinned up, and then gentle curve down through your loose waves. If you are wearing your hair in a loose plait, the hair vine can simply be plaited into your hair as it is done.
As we mentioned hair vines are a very big trend for this year and here are our top selling wedding hair vines so far...
Our delicate Gold Leaf and Freshwater Pearl Headpiece, made from individual gold leaves blended with freshwater pearls and tiny diamanté crystals for a little sparkle.
The Gold Vine is a light and flexible headpiece that can be worn to the side, back or across the top of the head. It is simply attached with tiny alligator style clips hidden beneath the piece.
Whatever your mood, style, outfit or budget, there are statement earrings out there that make you happy the moment you put them on. We remember the earrings we wore on first dates and on special occasions and, let’s be honest, we can always find an excuse to treat ourselves to a new pair! When it comes to your wedding earrings, the stakes are a little higher but don’t worry, we’re here today with our top tips to help you choose the perfect pair…
You’ll be wearing your statement earrings all say so not only do they need to be beautiful they need to be practical too. If you don’t often wear long drop earrings it might be a good idea to wear your earrings at home behind closed doors for a few days to be sure you get on with them.
Consider any other accessories you'll be wearing or the details of your wedding dress when choosing your earrings. If your dress has embellishments, you might like to opt for earrings that coordinate with them.
Don’t forget that your whole outfit should be balanced, if you want to wear a glamorous pair of statement earrings, don’t rush to wear lots of other accessories, alternatively if you opt for subtle wedding earrings you can then choose to wear lots of other pieces too, our Alisha, Freshwater Pearl Silver Earrings are perfect for this.
Pearls are very often a popular wedding day gift for a bride, but why are pearls associated with weddings, you may be thinking!
Thanks to their fabulous shimmering iridescence, these organic little gems have always been highly prized throughout history, in fact, Cleopatra is said to have dissolved a pearl in a glass of wine before drinking it, simply to show Marc Antony that she could consume the wealth of an entire country in just one meal, and the ancient Greeks associated the pearl with love, marriage, and marital harmony. During the crusades knights wore pearls on the battlefield, believing they held magic powers that would protect them from harm. In the 1500s pearls were so highly regarded that countries across Europe passed laws forbidding anyone apart from nobility to wear them. And even to this day, they are still a popular choice for royalty, especially at weddings. Queen Elizabeth II wore them at her wedding and over in the USA, Jacqueline Bouvier wore a strand the day she became Mrs Kennedy, which was almost royalty.
Are you considering making pearls part of your wedding? When it comes time to make your pearl selection, what do you need to know? Let us help...