Good Luck Charms on your Wedding Day
Whether you are a superstitious person or not, wedding tradition is veiled in superstition. During the Middle Ages, people believed evil spirits lived among us. They believed they were particularly susceptible to the misfortune of these evil spirits during rights of passage. So, to prevent any bad luck, lucky charms were carried or they would partake in rituals, many of which are still practised today.
We thought we would take a closer look at the more popular lucky charms and traditions:
Silver Sixpence Traditionally placed in the brides left shoe. The coin was originally brought into circulation during the reign of Edward VI and has played a part in wedding tradition since the Victorian times. It has been associated with weddings since the reign of Elizabeth I when it was customary for the bride to be presented with a sixpence by the Lord of the Manor as a wedding gift. As time passed it became more popular for fathers to give their daughter a sixpence in the form of a dowry. The bride or her father would place the coin in her left shoe in the hope it would bring her marriage a lifetime of wealth.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue A rhyme familiar to all and inspired by the lucky sixpence tradition.
“Something Old” represents the Bride’s link to her family and the past. The Bride may choose to wear a piece of family jewellery or her mother or grandmother’s wedding gown.
“Something New” represents hope for good fortune and success in the future. Often, the wedding gown is chosen to represent the new item.
“Something Borrowed” usually comes from a happily married woman and is thought to lend some of her good fortune and joy to the new Bride.
“Something Blue” often takes the form of a wedding garter incorporating a blue bow or a small blue bow stitched into the lining of the wedding gown. The colour blue is significant as it represents constancy, loyalty and in biblical times was a symbol of purity.
“A Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe” is varyingly said to wish the Bride a wealth of happiness and joy, or to have originally been a love token from the Groom. Today, it is often the Father-of-the-Bride who places a coin in her left shoe, before they leave for the ceremony, as explained above.
Lucky Horseshoe Legend has it the 10th Century Archbishop of Canterbury, Dunstan, who was a former blacksmith managed to outwit the devil. The devil was thought to have asked Dunstan to shoe his hoof. Dunstan had realised his customer was the devil and nailed the shoe on as painfully as possible. With the devil begging for mercy, Dunstan agreed to remove the shoe on one condition; that the devil would agree never to enter a place where a horseshoe was hung over the door.
The horseshoe is also thought to help with fertility. It would be presented to the bride and groom and was often displayed as a cake-topper. In order to retain the good luck the horseshoe must be hung upside down with the shoulders pointing upwards otherwise all the luck in your marriage will fall out!
Here at Quello, as well as the Lucky Sixpence, we have some beautiful garters available by designer Miranda Templeton; perfect for your “Something Blue.” Prices start from £38.00 so contact us for any further information.