Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue & a Sixpence in her Shoe..
Ons almal ken hierdie oulike gesegde (dalk nie die laaste bysin so goed soos die eerste vier nie). Hierdie gelukbringertjie was baie gebruik in die Victorian era waar bruide seker gemaak het hulle het elkeen van hierdie 5 items op hulle trou uitrusting. Ek sal nie myself klasifiseer as ‘n bygelowige persoon nie, maar ek sal jok as ek sê ek het nog nooit so bietjie gesnak na my asem wanneer ‘n swart kat oor my pad hardloop nie & ek het al meer as een keer dit vermy om onder ‘n leer te loop. Ek sien myself as ‘n rasionele mens, so wanneer dit kom by trou & jou lewensmaat kies glo ek liefde, respek & vertroue is genoeg, maar, ag wat, ‘n bietjie goeie geluk kan seker nie skade doen nie…
The first part of the popular saying is meant to signify the bond with the bride to her own family and their past, especially her mother or grandmother or maybe a close female family friend. Something Old is symbolic of continuity which can refer to steadiness & endurance.
By the time we meet our soulmates, we have lived a big part of life. We’ve made mistakes, got our hearts broken once or twice, made stupid choices and cried a few tears. So we have quite a few something olds with us that we picked up along the way. That’s not always a bad thing though. Because with our mistakes we have lessons learned, with our broken hearts we have the opportunity of new love, with stupid choices we gain wisdom & with our tears we cleansed our soul to make room for more smiles. We have to remember our past, not the battles lost, but the victories. So with your something old item, try to hold on to a little piece of your past to help you in the future.
Something New represents good luck, achievement and the bride’s hopes for a blissful future for her & her husband. Wearing a new item on your wedding day sends the message that you and your husband are creating a new union that will last forever.
One of the most exciting parts of getting married is the feeling of anticipation for the new things to come. And what is there that excites us girls more that new stuff?! With a new relationship (married status), a new man (fiancé to husband), a new life & your something new, your wedding day and married life is bound to be wonderfully exciting!
When borrowing an item the bride accepts that her friends and family will be there for her on the big day and in the future when help is needed. “Borrowing” is very important, since it has to come from a happily married woman to provide the bride with some of her own marital happiness to bring into the new marriage. Anything can be borrowed but it must be returned afterwards.
The first thing a girl does when she gets engaged, is call her friends & family. Having your friends & family enjoy & partake in your big day is an important aspect to any bride. When you borrow something from a close friend or family member, you allow to them to give you a special gift to celebrate your long-awaited moment as a bride & to wish you happiness for all the delightful moments that await.
In ancient times the colour blue was symbol of faithfulness, purity, loyalty and love. When the bride wore the colour blue in her bridal outfit, she promised all of these things to the groom.
Call me a traditionalist, but I faithfully believe that a marriage consist out of two people that adore one another & that decided to promise a lifetime of loyalty & love to each other. The bridal couple say it with their wedding rings & with their vows, so you might as well throw in something with a shade of blue.
And a Silver sixpence in her Shoe
A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and was worth six pennies. A silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe represents wealth and financial security. To gain the most fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. These days, a dime or a copper penny is sometimes substituted, and many companies sell keepsake sixpences for weddings.
I believe in doing things right. If your going to start a project, do your best & finish it. So if your going to wear Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue, you should add a Sixpence in your Shoe.
So as jy ‘n bygelowige bruid of ‘n rasionele bruid is, of dalk net ‘n bruid wat bietjie nuuskierig en verveeld is, sal ek defnitief voorstel om gebruik te maak van hierdie tradisie. Dis ‘n oulike manier om jou vriende en familie betrokke te kry en, wie weet, dalk sal Lady Luck een van jou gaste wees ♥