Something Blue

~ Something Blue ~

Is a tradition that dates back to ancient Israel. Brides wore blue ribbons sewn into the hem of their wedding clothes to symbolize, love, modesty and fidelity. Among Christian brides, blue became popular because it symbolized the purity of the Virgin Mary, who was portrayed in paintings and statues, wearing predominantly blue clothes.

Tips For Carrying On This Tradition

  1. Wear a blue dress.
    I’m not talking about something screaming blue, but maybe a light pastel off white, tinged with a blue hue
  2. Wear a solid blue garter
  3. White garter with a little blue ribbon on it.
  4. Carry a blue handkerchief or white hankerchief with blue ribbon sewn into it. Instead of a ribbon, you can also use a hanky with blue embroidered design or monogram on it.
  5. Blue ribbon, like the ancient brides of Israel wore. If you don’t want to wear it on the outside of your dress, though, have it sewn inside.
  6. A piece of jewelry with a blue stone. You can either wear it visibly or have it pinned inside the gown, or have it wired into the flower bouquet you’ll be carrying.
  7. Blue panties
  8. Something blue in your bouquet. It could be a blue flower, ribbon or sentimental item from your past
  9. Blue nailpolish on your toenails.

Wedding Traditions

THE EXPLANATION BEHIND THE TRADITIONS

Let’s start at the beginning with the old rhyme we’ve all come to associate with weddings and decipher what it’s about

Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue.
A lucky sixpence for your shoe

Something Borrowed:
Symbolizes borrowing past ideals for married bliss. Borrowing an item from a happily married couple is said to rub off on the newlyweds.
Something Blu:
Blue symbolizes purity, fidelity, love and in the Christian faith represents the Virgin Mary, who is always portrayed wearing blue.
A lucky sixpence for your shoe:
The charm if placed inside the bride’s shoe for the entire day is said to bring good fortune and prosperity for the couple.

 

There are many traditions that brides and grooms follow on their wedding day. Some are steeped in ethnicity while others are traditions that date back centuries and have been adopted as part of the celebrations….but does anyone really know why we do these so-called traditions as well as how and where they originated?

This section will attempt to explain the meaning and symbolism of many of these ancient customs. Describing their origin, implementation into the wedding ceremony and reception as well as explain how trends may be changing for the future brides and grooms.

 

ARTICLES IN THIS SERIES

Something Blue
The White Wedding
The Ring Finger
The Unity Candle
The First Kiss
Throwing Rice
The Loud Send-Off
The Wedding Bouquet
Tossing The Wedding Bouquet
The Wedding Favors
Italian Wedding Traditions
Irish Wedding
African American Wedding

Jewish Weddings

Wedding Gown Styles

Styles Guide

These are samples of the different dress styles, necklines, waistlines, train lengths and sleeve types available to the bride. Click on the image to go to the corresponding page Pick a style that best fits your wedding style and level of formality.

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What Does The Perfect Wedding Dress Look Like?

When everyone’s attention is on the bride, it is important for her to look her best. Choosing the perfect wedding dress is vital in capturing the bride’s elegance and beauty. With all the selections available it can sometimes be hard to decide where to start in selecting that perfect wedding gown. Before one can know exactly what it is they are looking for in a wedding dress, it can be important to understand where some of the modern traditions in popular styles originated from, in order to help make an educated selection.

Prior to modern times, elegant weddings were held for the prestigious and were mostly arranged marriages. Therefore, the bride and grooms were often looked upon as symbols of the wealth of the family. Because of this, it was thought important for the bride to be adorned with as much glamour and trinkets as possible. Wedding gowns came in many colors and styles and the more large and grand the size of the dress; the more beautiful it was considered.

Many of the styles that the wealthy wore were imitated throughout the various ranks of the social classes, but it was hard for lower class citizens to even have a formal ceremony as income was sparse. Instead woman would wear church attire as cheap wedding dresses.

As time moved on the styles began to change with the culture. But the trend of the rich setting the styles seemed to stay the same. It wasn’t until the year 1840 that the white wedding dress was made popular by Queen Victoria. Up until that point dresses were commonly various colors, but the Queen looked so beautiful in her dress that it set a new trend that in a lot of cases carries over to this day and age. Today tastes are much broader, but it is still important to consider things such as cost and popularity when selecting a dress for that special day. If the budget is willing a designer dress may be the way to go, but it is also important to consider location.   A designer dress wouldn’t make much sense to wear outdoors at say a beach wedding. Instead, a beautiful beach wedding dress would be more appropriate. These tend to be higher cut dresses with less fabric and are perfect for that Caribbean wedding. Not going to the beach, but still plan on having an outdoor or casual service? Informal wedding dresses are a perfect solution for not having to worry about dragging your expensive designer dress through the dirt or mud. Modest wedding gowns are available in all designs, colors, and sizes and are perfect for any budget. Wedding dresses are as diverse as the brides themselves. Plus size wedding gowns, custom jewelry, and select accessories are readily available. Not spending as much on a dress can leave money for an exciting honeymoon and many may not think spending a lot on a designer dress is practical for a dress that will only be worn once. Others still might want a dress that can be passed down from one generation to the next so going that extra mile on a dress just might seem worth it. Whatever it is you’re looking for chances are that you can find the right dress for you.

About the author: Gillian Cooper is a wedding planner with many years experience of helping couples plan their big day. Get further wedding ideas at http://www.weddingsbliss.com Weddings Bliss.com

The Gown

Styles Guide

These are samples of the different dress styles available to the bride. choose a style that best fits your wedding style, level of formality, comfort and budget.
Select the styles shown, to see a large view of the gown along with a brief description of each.
Click on the image to go to the corresponding page

 

The Mermaid & Grecian Mermaid Gowns

 

Mermaid Gown

Form hugging style that has a separate, more flowing section starting several inches below the knee, which flows more freely and is, in itself, the train. Not a style that is bustled, however the gowns have a wristlet inside the furthermost section of hemline that is worn like a bracelet and allows the dress to cascade in flowing, carefree layers, to the movement of the brides arm.

Grecian Mermaid Gown

Illustrated above as a strapless model and (below) with a grecian neckline. This style can also be halter style with or without a collar, spaghetti strap or delicate type necklines and is rarely worn with sleeves unless they are also form fitted.

Most of the detail and beading is at the point where the form-fitted top section attaches to the flowing hemline/train , with similar, less intrusive beading on the uppermost portion of the bodice.

 

 

The Ball Gown

The ball gown is a formal style that is worn with crinoline to keep it’s shape wide and full throughout the ceremony and reception. Available either with or without an attached or detachable train that is usually bustled or removed after the ceremony, prior to the brides arrival for the reception.

Gowns made of silk or satin need crinoline, however, if the gown is comprised of several layers of tulle (up to seven layers or more), the designers will normally add layers of stiffer netting that eliminates the need for crinoline.

 

Belle Gowns

The Belle (or Bell) gown is similar to the Ball gown in general shape and length but is more heavily embellished with layers of fabric draped around the hemline. Reminiscent of the gowns worn in the old south and featured in many vintage movies. This is an attractive style that customarily is either strapless, has shoulder hugging bodice or off-the-shoulder straps

 

The Princess

The most dramatic of the A-line silhouettes, princess wedding dresses are a classic choice for brides planning their fairytale wedding. Intricate beading and shimmering embellishments typically grace the upper halves of these gowns, with dreamy layered skirts that, despite their volume, create a slimming effect.

 

The Sheath

The sheath gown is also known as the “slip” dress.
It is the least fussy of all styles with very little embellishments. It’s dignified and elegant with spagetti or similar style thin straps and is best suited for soft fabrics that fall gracefully. The sheath can be worn by brides of any age or shape but is most suitable for brides without extreme curves, as this style dress must hug the curves without being too snug.

 

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Gown Neckline Styles

Wedding Gown Neckline Style Guide

These are samples of the different neckline styles available.
Pick a style that best fits your wedding style, level of formality and comfort.


Sweetheart

V-Neck

Queen Ann

Scoop

Strapless (1)

Off Shoulder

Sabrina

Strapless (2)

Court

Bateau

Hug Shoulder

Halter

High Collar

Cowl

Spaghetti Strap

Grecian

 

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