Today we may not think twice about ordering the confetti or embarking on a ‘treasure hunt’ to ensure we have all the traditional items for the wedding. Despite being fun to make sure you have something borrowed or blue, these traditions symbolize more than good fortune for your wedding and a happy-ever-after with your partner.
Generally, an item of jewellery shows that despite changing your surname, you are intend stay connected to the family and are honouring your roots.
If you buy something then you are showing that you have plans for the future. Wearing something new to the wedding is for good fortune.
When someone lends you one of their possessions it is because they trust you to take care of it and return it in good condition. It symbolises a bond, relationship and support from your friends that will endure beyond your wedding.
This will most likely be a garter and although you need to flash some leg for the guests to see that you are keeping the tradition, it actually symbolises faithfulness and loyalty.
And some money in your shoe
This is not to stop you from making a clean getaway in case you have second thoughts before the wedding. Putting money in your shoe is to wish you wealth on your new journey.
The gift of a ring
The wedding rings are exchanged to symbolise never-ending immortal love. Placing it on the ring finger comes from the ancient belief that there is a vein on that finger, the Vena Amoris, which flows directly to the heart.
Throwing of confetti
As the couple departs the chapel, the guests shower the couple (traditionally) with seeds or grain, blessing the union to be as fruitful and fertile as the seeds themselves.