Posted by chrisalix on May 13, 2011
Watching wedding trends can be a great deal of fun, but it can also be overwhelming. I have had a good read through wedding sites and bridal blogs and have pared down what seem to be the largest common denominators from all of my reading.
1. What is old is actually new!
Perhaps influenced by this year’s Royal Wedding or perhaps it is simply a reflection of fashion on a larger scale this year; vintage is in. Big hitters are vintage patterns and fabrics such as lace, feathers and fascinators for your hair, and brooches for the bouquets. In fact, veils are getting smaller and actually disappearing and are being replaced by fascinators incorporating feathers, flowers, tulle and lace. A hot wedding photography trend is the photo booth with props such as vintage sunglasses and old picture frames. As for locations, backyard and cottage weddings are back in full swing!
2. Go green or go home!
A sign that times are truly changing, green weddings are hotter than ever. Eco-friendly dresses, invitations, bouquets, lighting, rings, food, wine, favors and honeymoons.
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Posted by chrisalix on May 13, 2011
Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue, And a lucky sixpence for her shoe
Although this poem dates back to the Victorian Age, SOMETHING BLUE has been connected to weddings for centuries.
In Christianity, the Virgin Mary is most often depicted in blue and as such, blue has become a symbol for purity. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty and fidelity. Today, brides often incorporate a blue component in their outfit for luck and tradition, however, before the 19th Century, blue was a popular colour for the actual wedding gown; a proverb from that time ‘marry in blue, lover be true’.
Although blue is no longer a popular wedding gown choice, brides are always looking for something unique they can incorporate on their wedding day. Choices include an embroidered lace hanky (hankies are also a long standing wedding tradition), monogrammed ‘dress tags’ that are stitched in blue thread and sewn on the hem of the bride’s gown, a blue stone bracelet or even a blue crystal pin to fasten to the bouquet. Continue reading “Finding Something Blue” »
Posted by chrisalix on May 11, 2011
According to The Wedding Channel, ‘many couples aim to retain links with the past and their family history [on their wedding day]. You can do this with your wedding jewelry, which has become as important a wedding custom as any other that has evolved over the centuries. Whether you start your own family tradition by incorporating heirloom jewelry on your special day, or you continue to follow in the footsteps of generations past, ‘wearing something old’ is definitely an aspect that brides continue to find appealing.
Why do we wear our wedding band on our fourth finger of the left hand?
In 3rd century Greece, the third finger was thought to be connected directly to the heart through the ‘vein of love’. It was in early Rome that a gold band worn on this finger came to symbolize everlasting love and commitment in marriage; often with the design of two clasped hands around the finger. It was in 860AD that Pope Nicolas decreed the requirement of an engagement ring to express a man’s intention to marry a woman; a gold ring given by the prospective husband was to symbolize financial sacrifice he was committed to for his future wife. Continue reading “Bridal Jewelry: something old or something new?” »