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Bridal Guide: Wearing something blue
It’s no secret. Wedding traditions tend to change with the times. Take the traditions of the bride wearing blue and waiting to see the groom until she walks down the aisle, for example. The traditions continue today, but in a slightly different way for some brides.
The tradition of brides wearing blue dates back to Roman times when brides wore the color as a symbol of love, modesty and fidelity. Blue was also a symbol of purity and heavily associated with the Virgin Mary. In the late 1800s, blue became a popular color for wedding gowns due to proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.” Of course, no one can forget the English adage, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Brides choosing to honor this particular tradition usually wore just a hint of blue, in a ribbon or a garter for example.
Many brides today still observe the tradition of wearing blue. Instead of their garter being blue, however, their shoes may be blue or feature a blue sticker on the bottom that says, “I do.” They might also have their wedding date stitched in blue inside their wedding dress. Brides who really want to break out of the box might actually wear a blue dress, hat or veil, or go with something a little less obvious like sapphire earrings, blue fingernail polish or a pale blue seashell clip in their hair.
Many brides today are also opting to see the groom before the ceremony begins. The moment, often referred to as “the first look,” provides the bride and groom with a few minutes alone to take in the sight of each other in their formal attire. While some couples insist on total privacy, others invite their photographers/videographers along to capture their first look on film/video. Some may also invite their wedding party and close family members and friends along to share in the moment and get some of the photographs out of the way. That way, they will have more time to mingle with guests later.
These are just two twists on some old traditions. Brides and grooms are free to add their own twists or stick to the traditions entirely. The sky is the limit!
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