According to Sarah Schrieber, editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, the classic wedding is on the rise. But what does that mean? Trends in the bridal world fluctuate month to month, year to year, but weddings have been around for hundreds of years. What does a return to classical mean for today’s bride?
White weddings have become commonplace since Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Victoria of Great Britain wore white gowns on their wedding days. Traditions such as following “Something Borrowed […}” and not seeing the bride before the ceremony to avoid bad luck have rooted themselves in contemporary culture, but there is more to the return of tradition than just following the classics.
We’ve put together a quick spread of the top options for a classic look that you can easily incorporate into your ceremony and reception vision.
Did you know that the Lansing Bridal Association has two members that offer classical music selections? MSU GIGline and Pure Winds Quintet are your connections to classical music selections for your wedding, played by live musicians.
Alix Cott of BRIDES online recommends embracing calligraphy details and avoiding distracting décor. Focusing on intimate detail rather than forward concepts can create an atmosphere of romance and sophistication. Simple ceremonies can often make a huge impact and leave lasting memories.
Finally, let’s talk about the rhyme that brides have followed diligently for over a century.
“Something olde, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.” first came into popularity in England circa 1870-1880. By the 1900’s it was standard for American brides to follow suit. The rhyme was believed to ward off bad luck for the couple’s life together.
Something old: to ward off infertility. Can be a handed down object from another bride, such as jewelry or the dress.
Something new: manifesting optimism for the future. Usually the bride’s shoes or dress.
Something borrowed: by borrowing an object from a happily married couple, it is thought some of the luck will be brought to your own marriage. Can be jewelry, the dress, the veil, or hair ornaments.
Something blue: to ward off “evil eye” or bad luck, you can sew a blue ribbon into your dress, have a blue garter, or carry some lovely blue flowers in your bouquet.
The last line of the rhyme is lesser known and less followed, especially because sixpence coins have not been legal tender in the U.K. since 1980. The reason for the bride to have a coin in her shoe was that it would manifest prosperity and financial stability for the couple. If you find a lucky penny heads-up in the months before your wedding, wearing it in your shoe might just be the best luck you can get on your wedding day. What do you think, worth a shot?