Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…
Originally an old English tradition, many brides nowadays wear "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue" on their wedding day. The "old" stands for the bride's life experience to date. Since family is particularly important in the earlier part of someone’s life during childhood and upbringing , the choice usually falls on a piece of family jewellery or heirloom.
The "new" symbolizes the bright future ahead for the bride in her marriage. Often these new items are the wedding dress, bridal shoes or also the bridal jewelry. The "borrowed" is usually provided by the bride‘s mother or a dear, girlfriend, who is already married. As a sign of friendship, it should provide a sense of comfort and bring happiness to the new marriage. Often a handkerchief or jewellery is chosen. Finally, a symbol of fidelity is the "blue". A garter, a small blue bow, a piece of fabric or a button will complete this customary tradition.
The Wedding Cake
The most important day in life deserves a veryspecial cake! The wedding cake is often remembered for a long time, as it is usually pictured in numerous wedding photos. The Cutting the wedding cake by the bride and groom is an essential element of any wedding celebration. The bride and groom demonstrate the special bond of their marriage. However, the custom also says that whoever has the "upper hand" will continue to have the say in the couple’s marriage. To perfectly set the scene for the wedding cake and the cutting ceremony, be sure to have a specially beautiful cake knife and server ready. WILKENS offers a selection of matching cake cutlery and cake forks - also with personal engraving for your special day.
The Wedding Candle
The custom of having a special wedding candle, reflecting the couple’s love for oneanother, dates back to the Middle Ages. It also has a religious meaning for many couples. It is traditionally carried to the wedding ceremony by the bride herself or the flower children and is lit at Easter candle. After the wedding, it is customary for the wedding couple to keep the wedding candle in their home. On special occasions or in difficult times, it should remind them of their mutual love and the vows they have given oneanother.
Carrying the bride over the threshold
Once the married couple arrives at their home at the end of the wedding day, the bride shall be carried across the threshold of their home by her groom. This should protect her from evil spirits lurking under the doorstep according to old superstition.