“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – and new shoes too”
Although it may not be very noticeable at the minute, summer is on its way, which can only mean one thing – wedding season is in full flight! It’s wonderful to see how creative couples can be in the lead up to their special day. At Scorpio we’ve been discussing wedding traditions, old and new, traditional… and the downright strange.
There are all sorts of wedding traditions and each family seems to have an alternative and exciting way of doing things. The phrase “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” doesn’t refer to an overly raucous stag night for the groom, but dates all the way back to the Victorian era and is definitively one of the most popular wedding traditions. This tradition usually creates a fun way of building items into a wedding look, including shoes of course! Many people are undoubtedly going to be asking you what parts of your bridal outfit are old, new, borrowed and blue, so you might as well have something to talk about on your big day.
We thought you might like to know some of the reasoning’s behind this well established tradition.
Something old represents the link with the bride’s family and the past. A common way to represent this is the bride wearing a piece of family jewellery belonging to their mother or grandmother. Or even their old wedding dress… if it fits!
Wearing something new represents good fortune and success in the bride’s new life. Maybe even a new pair of our popular vintage Irregular Choice shoes can be added to the list of traditions. Just perfect for the wedding season or as a stunning accompaniment to that very special outfit, the womens Baby Beauty ankle boot has off white tweed uppers woven with shimmering gold and a gold paisley pattern panel at each side. The perfect choice!
Or for the men… why not go for a pair of our Gucinari 16001 Men’s Premium Leather Snake-skin Lace-up Designer Shoes? Wearing these designer Gucinari shoes you are guaranteed to stand out from the crowd and garner the attention of those around you. A visually stunning men’s shoe just to prove that all the best styles are not just for the ladies!
Something borrowed reminds the bride that friends and family will be there for her in the future, when help is needed. The borrowed object might be something of sentimental value to a close friend or family member.
The colour blue symbolises faithfulness, loyalty and purity so something blue is added on the bride’s big day in the hope that the big day is the start of a long and faithful partnership. On occasion, the bride will attempt to have one item that includes all of these elements such as a borrowed blue handkerchief which is ‘new’ to the bride, but borrowed by a family member (therefore making it old).
Lots of wedding traditions involve shoes; the custom of the bride throwing her bouquet shoulder was originally performed with a shoe rather than a bouquet – hopefully no one ended up with a shoe in the eye! Other traditions include shoes tied to the bumper of a car with the iconic meaning ‘just married’. These shoes are considered to be a symbol of good luck.