Making Old Traditions New With “a Silver Sixpence in Your” Shoe

Making Old Traditions New With “a Silver Sixpence in Your” Shoe

Old-New-Borrowed-Blue

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe.” 

There countless wedding traditions that have developed over time, cross cultures, been combined, redefined, and made anew with each new bride that says I do (did you enjoy my rhyming?). Most people remember -at least vaguely- the tradition of having something old, new, borrowed and blue at the wedding, but they forget the whole “silver sixpence in your shoe” ending. While putting a large coin in your shoe may not sound so appealing in term of comfort walking down the aisle in already hard to walk in heels, the old-new-borrowed-blue tradition truly is incomplete without it. Each item of the old-new-borrowed-blue are meant to be tokens of luck and wishes gifted to the bride on her wedding day and each item has its own individual significance: including the sixpence. 

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The something old is meant to be a symbol of the past moving forward or looking to the future. Then, the something new is representative of the new life the bride and groom are starting together, and the something borrowed is meant to represent borrowing happiness. Next, the something blue is symbolic of  good fortune and fidelity, and finally, the sliver sixpence is meant to encourage and wish prosperity on the couple. 

Authentic Sixpence with Bridal Shoe Holder

Contemporary brides are known to pick and choose which wedding traditions to uphold based on what is most important to them, but if you want to uphold the old-new-borrowed-blue traditions(and yes I am aware that I am ironically leaving it out in my coining of the title to represent it), then you really ought to include the sixpence in your shoe in some form or fashion. You don’t necessarily need to put it in your shoe either. A lot of brides will have it sewn in to the hem of her wedding dress or attached to her bridal bouquet. There have been other modifications from the sixpence to using a lucky penny, a minted coin, or an old coin from the country of the bride’s ancestry. 

Wedding traditions, like the sixpence, are a fun way to include cultural traditions and to take a look at your own past and future. You do not need to be boxed in by tradition, but can instead make it your own. By doing so, you may even be paving the way of new traditions for brides to come. 

The Tradition of the Bride’s Wedding Handkerchief

The Tradition of the Bride’s Wedding Handkerchief

Bride Hankie

The wedding handkerchief is one tradition that has stood the test of time, although it’s meaning has changed and is in contemporary times somewhat lost. It is claimed that the tradition goes as far back as the days of ancient Rome where brides would soak the handkerchief (or a version of one) in perfume and wear it around their necks on the wedding day. In early America, it was said that a bride’s tears were lucky and when caught would bring rain to crops and others said that if a bride cried on her wedding day, then she would never cry over her marriage again (ie. a happy marriage). Wedding handkerchiefs are often passed down from generation to generation and bride to bride becoming a family heirloom. Part of what makes the wedding handkerchief an important wedding tradition is that it almost acts as a marker for the marriages in the generation’s passed that have come down to create the lives of the new bride and groom and how this bride and groom will continue the family line. Also, more recently the bride’s wedding handkerchief will be monogrammed with her new initials or embroidered with her new name, a poem, or the date of the wedding.  Again it is a symbol of marriages passed and the uniting of a new family, but it is almost also a symbol of tradition itself. The wedding handkerchief given to the bride is usually gifted by a close family member, but can also be given by a close family friend.  

Blue Bow Hanky

The above wedding hankie is a beautiful combination of both the wedding handkerchief tradition and also incorporating your something blue ( if it were passed down it could also be your something old, and if you bought it new….then it can also be your something new). This hankie also includes a poem to the bride. By combining these traditions you give added meaning to both and you help yourself out economically in not having to buy or find separate items for each. 

How to Keep Your Wedding Cake Topper Keepsake

How to Keep Your Wedding Cake Topper Keepsake

Language of Love Forever Wedding Cake Topper Figurine

When we say “how to keep” your cake topper we basically mean, “what the heck do you do with it after the wedding?” Wedding cake toppers are beautiful, sentimental, and are the type of keepsake that you could potentially pass down to your future children. Even if your wedding cake topper is not ideal for being handed down through the generations and is instead a uniquely you design, it is still a memento and symbol of your special wedding day and because of this we recommend keeping that beautiful wedding cake topper out of a storage box and instead put on display!

Wooden Keepsake Display Stand

When displaying your cake topper there are a few things you should consider: First is the break-ability of your cake topper, second is the size of your cake topper, and third is the style of your cake topper. For example, if your cake topper is more comedic it probably won’t mesh in a formal living room displayed in a glass case, and contrarily, if you have a crystal or porcelain wedding cake topper, then you won’t want it to be on a entry table that is easily bumped or a coffee table that is frequently in use. If you have a particularly small cake topper you may consider creating a wedding day shadow box that includes the cake topper, your wedding bouquet, handkerchief, a photo, and other wedding keepsakes. A wedding day shadow box is a fun and creative way to display your wedding keepsakes, but if you are looking for something simpler, more transitional, and focused on your wedding cake topper, something like the above wooden display stand would be ideal. This stand incorporates your cake topper, a personalized message, and wedding photo. By having a display stand you can designate a less-bump-able/please-don’t-touch room decor, while keeping it open and  a less museum-serious-glass-case display.

 

You spend so much time planning every detail of your wedding from picking out your wedding dress to selecting your wedding cake topper, and then it is over in just the blink of an eye. Let you wedding cake topper stand as a reminder of the planning, joy, and love of that special day. 

Wedding Garters: Don’t Blush!

 Dorritt Solesbee Photography - Garter TossWedding Garters: Don’t Blush!

Tossing the wedding garter is a fun tradition that has come to be thought of as the male version of tossing the wedding bouquet, but it has some interesting roots. There are two slightly varied roots for this tradition. The first was that in order to gain proof that the marriage was consummated a witness would be given the garter. Then along side the “as proof” tradition, the garter was seen as good luck and it was seen as good luck to get pieces of any of brides undergarments. This became quite obviously problematic in a way that no bride appreciated as people tried very desperately to get a hold of the garter. The tradition has thus tamed down to not giving it out from the bride and grooms bedroom on their wedding night to some witness and to having the groom toss the garter to the single men rather than them take it from the bride.

Beach Wedding Garter

With that background being laid to rest in the past, the wedding garter is now a playful and teasing tradition that is fun at any wedding. Typically a bride will have two garters; one to keep and one to toss. We recommend not spending as much money on the one you will toss and to make sure the elastic has a lot of bounce. Also, the garter is a perfect opportunity to get your something blue! The garter is to be worn above the knee and during the reception with the bride sitting on a chair the groom removes it with his hands to then toss it. More…adventurous grooms with brides that won’t punch him in the nose may even decide to snag the garter with his teeth, but we recommend reading your audience on whether or not this will be appropriate or if you will be making enemies with your new in laws. 

French Lace Wedding Garter

The garter is to be tossed to the single men at the wedding (much like the bouquet is tossed to the single ladies). The gentlemen who catches the garter is said to have good luck and to be the next man to get married (which is seen as a lucky thing…). Sometime people will have the gentlemen who caught the garter put it on the lady who caught the bouquet, but this might be a tradition that would make the two uncomfortable and you wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from participating in all the fun! However you do it, keep it fun, full of laughs, and PG (Don’t forget who your guests are!!!). 

Wedding Cake Toppers for all Four Seasons

Wedding Cake Toppers for all Four Seasons

As a year ends and a new year begins, all of the brides to be that are deciding on their wedding dates have the full scale of wedding seasons to choose from. Will you be a spring bride? Full of light laughter and twiterpated lovey-dovey-ness? Will you choose to exchange vows on a sandy beach with the summer heat sinking down with the sun on the ocean shoreline? Will you be a fall bride taking advantage of the vibrant and warm colors of the changing leafs? Or will you be a winter wonderland bride snuggling up with your groom, serving hot chocolate, and warming your fingers and toes by a fire? With each season comes a new set of wedding themes and styles, and Wedding Collectibles has the perfect favors, wedding accessories, and darling wedding cake toppers to help you fit your theme and your season.

Adorable "Leg Pop" Ribbon Accent Cake Topper- Custom Colors!

Twitterpation Season

Spring has been the “IT” season for weddings for….I don’t even know how long. To be a June bride is like entering into a secret club of getting everything you ever wanted. If the Spring bride is you, congratulations you have hit the “It” season mark. You might decide to look into vintage, floral, butterfly, or shabby chic wedding themes. Each of these fit nicely with the colors and flowers that come with the Spring. Everything should be light, smile-ready, and focused on new and butterflies-in-the-stomach love. Cake Toppers like the adorable “Leg Pop” one above will help you reach that twitterpated mood of spring because it embodies that same lightness and new energy of romance. 

Romantic Wedding Couple Lounging on the Beach Figurine

Sand-between-the-toes Season

Summertime equals sunshine, warm nights, starlight picnics, and summer love! Summer love may indicate that fleeting love, but let’s go with the Grease version where the summer lovers end up back together happily ever after. Summer is one of the funnest seasons in that it is a perfect dating season and generates ideas and the option to go to fun theme parks, circuses, to go see fireworks, on boat rides, hiking, fishing, camping, and all sorts of outdoor activities that either end or begin with you holding hands. Each of these summer activities can inspire unique wedding themes; For example, the circus or perhaps a festival with carnival like games can translate wonderfully into a creative and active wedding reception. Playful cake toppers like the wedding cake topper of a bride and groom cuddled lounging in the sand is perfect addition to a summer wedding because it acts a a cut out of what those long summer days and nights entail: Fun, romance, and dreaming of forever.

Willow Tree ® "Promise" Wedding Cake Topper Figurine

Blustery Days Season

Fall can sometimes be a season that gets skipped over as an in between season that just acts as a separator between the summer sun and winter snow and rain, but it is such a beautiful season that it deserves to have its day: Your wedding day! Fall is a season of warm, rich, and vibrant color schemes. You can use reds, purples, oranges and any other color that a green leaf turns into at the season change. The Willow Tree cake topper is an absolute perfect choice for a fall wedding cake topper. It’s earth tones and simple carving creates a tone that just says fall. This would work with vintage, country, shabby chic, storybook, and fairy tale wedding themes. 

Glass Heart Dancing Couple Cake Topper

Sleigh Bells Season 

We have talked about what makes a winter wedding great before, but to recap, it is uber romantic. Winter often equals cuddling close, mistletoe kisses, and whispering I love you along side the soft fall of snow. With winter being so magical, you will want a wedding cake topper that will equal that feeling. The above “Glass Heart Dancing” cake topper works great for winter in that the glass and crisp white implies a winter wonderland and the couple dancing creates that feeling of intimacy and romance.

 

 

Gag-Me-With-a-Spoon Cutsie Wedding Cake Toppers

Gag-Me-With-a-Spoon Cutsie Wedding Cake Toppers


Showered with Love Couple Figurine

Are you that couple that just can’t help but talk in sweet little voices to each other, sneak little kisses, and are holding hands or cuddling so much that your friends pretend to be joking about not being able to stand being around you? Do you have so many pet names for each other that you have moved way passed sweetheart and have entered a world where pumpkin butt is a term of endearment? If so, then you will want to capture that lovey-dovey-ness in your wedding cake topper because your cake topper is not only for your wedding, but is a keepsake that can represent your love for each other for the many years to come. Wedding Collectibles has so many different types of cake toppers available, but some of the best wedding cake toppers we have are our too cute to stand cake toppers, including the “Showered with Love” cake topper that is featured above.

"Picture Perfect" Couple Figurine

The “Picture Perfect” couple wedding cake topper is another fun cutsie cake topper option. Part of what makes this so adorable is its play off of the trend of taking wedding photos or engagement photos with a frame (the whole frame within a frame effect). If you are doing the framed them photos then this cake topper would be perfect! Plus, as it allows for your cake topper to be more of a sweet moment captured, rather than a stoic image of a bride and groom

"The Look of Love" Bride and Groom Couple Figurine

If you are looking for a twist on the traditional wedding cake topper, the “Look of Love” would be the perfect choice. This cake topper is unique in that instead of the usual bride and groom standing side bye side, you have a bride and groom sitting together in one of those soft and intimate moments where you don’t worry about those friends that are making kissy noises or are pretending to throw up because all that matters is looking into his deep dark brown eyes and hearing him whisper “I love you”. What is really great about this cake topper is how natural and unposed it seems. It really could be that moment at the end of the night, when the bride and groom think that finally no one is watching and they just sink into themselves. 

There really is a lot of freedom in the choice of what kind of wedding cake topper you choose to use, so take your time in deciding on that perfect wedding cake topper that truly captures the love and personality of your relationship. 

The Best Flowers to Accompany a Traditional Wedding Cake Topper

 

The Best Flowers to Accompany a Traditional Wedding Cake Topper

Wedding Collectibles Caucasian Couple Figurine

If you have had your heart set on a traditional bride and groom cake topper or perhaps plan to use the same one your parents used , but you also really like the idea of flowers on your cake don’t think you can’t do both! You just want to make sure you don’t let the flowers over power or otherwise hide your cake topper and you don’t want the floral design to be so insignificant that it is like there is nothing there at all. 

Sunflower & Burlap Wedding Cake

Too Big

Sunflowers, Peonies, and Garden Roses are some wedding flower favorites that can look great on a cake, but if you want to have a cake topper too, these would be overbearing and would take away from the cake topper you so carefully picked out. If you find smaller sunflowers, it could work, but they are still a really bold flower choice, so you will have to play with it. 

 

Memento's Designs

TooSmall

Flowers like baby’s breath could end up being too small. The above cake looks great, but the flowers are such a small element that unless you do do something where the cake is colored, the flowers won’t make much of an impact. If you want the flowers on the cake to be a complete side note, then these might work for you, but if you want flowers to be a major part of the cake’s design that works with the cake topper, these just won’t cut it. Baby’s breath really is just a filler flower, It is the soft stuff that goes in-between the pretty stuff and they just don’t quite make enough of an impact to go on a wedding cake.

 

Spring Wedding Flower - Lily of the ValleyJust Right

The lily of the valley flower is a great option for a cake with flowers and a cake topper, Like the baby’s breath, the flowers are small, but not overly small. This allows for you to have a floral cake design that frames a wedding cake topper without over doing it. Other flowers that can fit this just right category are daisies and lilacs.

 

Bridesmaid Dresses: To Match or Not to Match, That is Every Bride’s Question

Bridesmaid Dresses: To Match or Not to Match, That is Every Bride’s Question

Wedding Bee

One of the many wedding cliches that everyone likes at and every bride’s potential bridesmaid fears is the ugly bridesmaid dress. There have been years of wedding and generation of bridesmaids that have endured ballooned sleeves, satin, velvet, lace worthy of a doily, and prints that can be found in your grandmother’s left over quilting scraps. It is like a train of “What was she thinking” and five minute trends.Now, we realize that some of what we call ugly today, may have truly been the style ten years ago, but the thing we are hoping to help you avoid is being in that list of ugly dresses ten years from now five years from now, next years and the day those horridly wonderful curtains walk down the aisle. 

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What your bridesmaids wear is going to be a direct reflection of your (the bride’s) taste and since having ugly dresses is such a cliches, it is going to be something everyone will look for. So, what are the danger zone and how can you avoid fitting the cliche? Let’s take a look at the options.

1) You pick everything head to toe and everyone wears the same dress.

Hot Pink Bridesmaid DressesLet’s go on a little journey. Think about the families you see at Disneyland or tourist attractions that are all matching. If the kids are all under five it might be cute, but any older and it could tip on the tacky side. Depends on how it is done? Okay. Now remember your family photos. Is anyone a little too matchy? Is it over bearing? A little? Still sometimes cute? Okay, now think about your bridesmaids. Do they all have the same hair color, skin tone and body type? No. Then they are not going to look good in the exact same thing. (ie. don’t put a red head in bright orange, hot pink, or red and don’t put someone with really pale skin in pale peach. It just won’t translate very well. We don’t say this to bash on matching bridesmaid dresses, as you can see the very first picture in this post has bridesmaid in matching dresses and it looks great, but we just want you to be careful because this is the highest danger zone for falling into the cliche. If you really want to have all your girls matching, then take them with you shopping. This doesn’t mean you need their opinion per se, but so you can see how everyone looks in the dress options. Or, take a look at option two. 

2) Pick one element, they pick the rest (perhaps with some guidelines).

{Wedding Trends} : Bridesmaids in Skirts - how to styled, accessorized and mix-match

This really is the best  middle ground option. It works best if you pick out a skirt for all the girls to wear and then have them find and pick out their tops, accessories, or shoes. Other things you could do is pick out a cardigan, statement necklace, or matching shoes. Once you have sent out the piece you are require them to wear, they can then fill in the rest. It is, of course, usually best to give them a color palette to work from so that everyone coordinates with each other and your overall wedding look, but, other than that, let them decide. This gives you flexibility, but also allows you some more control. 

3)Pick a color and they pick the rest.

The Secrets of Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids

This option is for the bride that doesn’t have her heart set one everyone matching or would like one less thing they need to fully decide on. The idea here is that each bridesmaid would be told what color scheme you want and then would be given the freedom on deciding what to wear. By doing this, you allow your bridesmaids to find things that they will feel beautiful in and will want to wear again. If you are worried, you can have everyone send you pictures if you want to keep tabs on how everyone will coordinate, or if everyone is local, you can have a girl’s day shopping trip so that everyone can work off of each other and find what they want.

The Grand Exit: A Sparkling Send Off

The Grand Exit: A Sparkling Send Off

Charming Montecito Estate Wedding

Sparklers

The Send Off Trends

Brides everywhere are jumping to create a send off that screams style and sizzle. Why? Not only does the bride and groom need a grand entrance, they need a grand exit. For the wedding the bride walks up that aisle, music is playing, all eyes are on her or are peaking to try to glimpse the priceless expression on the grooms when he sees his bride in her wedding dress. It is a a turning the heads of the crowd moment that is tailor made into the wedding. You really don’t have to do anything. It will be spectacular. Just don’t fall. But, for the nights end, when the bride and groom leave their honeymoon to embark on their honeymoon and journey as a husband and wife, there are a lot more ways to make it a wow moment. Traditionally, guests would line the exit, wave goodbye, and throw rice as the couple walked out smiles all around. Then it started where people blew bubbles and now the big thing is to distribute sparklers and have a gilded exit. Personally, I hope this doesn’t go out of trend.

Two Things to Consider

1) Will you have a big line or small one?

If you are having a small wedding and will therefore have a small send off, the line of sparklers may not be your best bet. Part of what makes the sparkler send off so amazing is that the sizzling lights become overwhelming and truly represent the love and excitement of the people there. If you have  a group of fifteen people, it just won’t have the same effect.  

2) Make sure the guests know the game plan.

It is important to help your guests to know where you need them to be and when. This can be as simple as having a sign posted with the sparklers or having one or two people coordinate and instruct people where to go. The thing with sparklers is that timing will need to be perfect. What happens if the guests light there sparklers up before you make your exit? You leave on awkward “oopsies”, laughs, and small streams of smoke. One of the best things you can do is to line everyone up first, then have a crew hand out the sparklers, then when you are ready, that same crew will go down the line and light everyone’s sparklers and then whoever you have coordinating the timing will tell you when to go. You can have the crew lighting everything light every other (or so on) and then have the guests light each others from there. Also have a set plan for how your guest are to throw away their sparkler once it is out. One simple and cute way to do this is to have tin or decorate buckets that have a few inches of water on the bottom available. This would be especially perfect for any country vintage, or shabby chic  wedding style.

 

How to Pull Together the Perfect Gift and Sign in Table

How to Pull Together the Perfect Gift and Sign in Table

As your guests enter in on your wedding or reception one of the first things they will do is try to find the gift table and sign in, so there are a couple of things we suggest doing in order to make this first introduction to your special day absolutely perfect.

1: Combine the gift and sign in table.

Having these two together will make your guest’s lives a whole lot easier. They do not necessarily need to be the same table, but at the very least have them in the same location.

2: Have the table(s) near the entrance of your venue. 

This does not mean have it at the front door, but have it along the path or entry way the guests will walk through in order to get to the wedding festivities. By having it along the way, you will avoid getting clumps of people waiting to sign in at the same place that you were planning on having dancing. Plus, it allows for your guests to drop their gift off and sign in right when they get there so that they don’t need to worry about it during the rest of the wedding celebrations.

3: Get creative with the sign in book.

Burlap & Lace Guest Book

You are completely welcome to having the traditional sign in where you have a guest book and the guests simply sign their names, but there are three fun trends that will kick it up a notch and allow you to capture more memories. The first is a photo guest book. These are really easy and a lot of fun. You can order these at Michael’s craft store, Walmart, Sam’s Club, or  Shutterfly. Shutterfly is a costumer favorite even though it is a little expensive, but as a perk, when you register at Target, they will often give you a gift card to Shutterfly that can off set the cost. Each store does have customizable options, Shutterfly just has the most. With each, however, it is easy to do. You simply select pictures (these can be your engagements) and then place them in the book. The idea would be that you would provide pens or sharpies (metallics work best if you have a dark background) and then you have you guests sign and write messages along the margins and next to the pictures. These are easy, fun, and a great way for you to create a more personalized guest book.

Wishes Cards Tan

The second trend is signing cards. With this you provide a decorative box and set of stationary cards like the ones above and each guest takes a card, writes their names and a message to the bride and groom. This is an easy option that can provide a little more intimacy for the guest because it allows for them to feel like they are writing you an individualized message, rather than just signing along with a group. Instead of cards, you could also do Polaroids of your guests. This would take a little more work in that you would need to have a designated photographer and the guests may have to wait longer, but it is also a cute way to put all the faces, names, and sweet messages together for the later years when you reminisce about your wedding day.

Initial Canvas Signature Guest Book

The final trend that can really step up your guest book is doing a frame sign in. This option is great in that it allows you to create sentimental decor for your future home together. It also allows guests to feel more like they are a part of something. However, depending on the size print and frame you get, this may be a better option for a smaller wedding so that the print is not over crowded with signatures. Although, it might be a good kind of overwhelming to see the print fill up to the point where its two dimension design looks like it is going to overflow.

4: Don’t forget a Card Box.

Scrolling Heart Birdcage Card Holder

Not everyone is going to bring a wrapped present and you definitely don’t want to lose cards from your wedding guests, so having a card “box” out is a great way to keep it all together and make your guests feel like you are accepting card gifts just as happily as a wrapped present.