When wedding bells ring out

2016-02-10 06:00

EVEN though throughout the world there are many couples who decided to live together without getting married, the majority still plight their troth formally and officially and there are many traditions, which for many years have been associated with weddings.
For example: "Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue."

"Something old" is said to represent the couple's friends who will hopefully remain close during the marriage. Traditionally an old garter was given to the bride by a happily married woman in the hope that the happiness would be passed on.

"Something new" symbolises the newlywed's happy and prosperous future. “Something borrowed” is often a valued item lent by the bride's family which must be returned to ensure good luck, while the custom of "something blue" is said to have originated in Israel where the bride wore a blue ribbon in her hair to represent fidelity.

"To change the name and not the letter, is to change for the worst and not the better."

It was thought unlucky for a woman to marry a man whose surname began with the same letter as hers. I

In the past it was considered unlucky to get married on a Saturday but nowadays most weddings do. A folk rhyme from ancient times reads:

"Monday for wealth

Tuesday for health

Wednesday is the best day of all

Thursday for losses

Friday for crosses

Saturday no luck at all."

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