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Do Tell: Did you Follow Tradition?

Are you one for tradition? While I am not married, I have always found something incredibly romantic about wedding traditions. I love conventional wedding vows, first dances, and watching the father of the bride walk his daughter down the aisle.

So in the spirit of wedding traditions, I must ask all you married or engaged women out there to tell me, what was/is your something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new?


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nannyblogger nannyblogger 10 years
I didn't really follow the whole tradition thing for the ceremony itself (it was very small and laid back), but my college roommate themed her presents on it... Old -- a Sex and the City DVD (a show we constantly watched in college) New -- a shower curtain we had registered for Borrowed -- a half-drunk bottle of Jack Daniels for me to take a drink of on my wedding night to relax myself (it was my first time) Blue -- some cute blue undies We didn't include most of the typical traditions (unity candle, bouquet toss, etc.) but we loved our day. It was very personal and every part was meaningful to us.
lorioz lorioz 10 years
I had two weddings (to the same man) The first one, in Canada followed the north american traditions, (something old, new borrowed, blue; mom and dad gave me away, first dance, father-daughter dance, bouquet toss, garter toss, etc). The second wedding in Turkey followed the traditions of my husband's culture. I'm glad that we had the two traditional weddings, both of our families were really happy with them, and nobody had to leave anything out.
ArthersWifey ArthersWifey 10 years
My something borrowed and something old was a necklace I borrowed from a friend-it was her grandmother's. My something new and something new was a beautiful blue and white bracelet another friend made for me and I also had blue hydrangeas in my hair. I had a outdoor, in my yard, ceremony, and I was barefoot! It was not completely traditional, but still pretty close.
facin8me facin8me 10 years
Purplesugar- Many of the rituals that are used today are vestiges of the times when weddings were considered business deals and a woman was transferred from her father to her husband, or when a women was kidnapped away from her village by a man and his fellow tribesman (hence the wedding party!). The word bride itself has its root in Old English, meaning "to cook, to brew," which denoted the fact that the woman went to live with her husbands family and was expected to cook. Veils are to hide the womans face so that the future husband won't bolt on the deal made with the father if he doesn't like the way she looks, or alternatively to preserve the bride's modesty. The father walks the bride down the aisle and gives her away to the next man. The list goes on. Just because people choose to believe that these are romantic rituals does not change how they actually came to be.
calibabi calibabi 10 years
my wedding was very traditional. probably more so than i wanted it to be! my mom made me do the garter toss...blech. my something old was a little white flower that i tucked in my bouquet...i saved it for my wedding day when i was 12. my something new was my dress, of course. my something borrowed was a blue hair-band that was holding up my updo underneith all my hair...and since it was blue, it also counted for that one.
FairyBubbles FairyBubbles 10 years
I wanted a big traditional thing, but im FAR too scatterbrained and disorganized to be trusted with pulling it off... Outdoor Gazebo, Green Sundress with pink and blue flowers (BCBG) superfab heels =) Drunken gambling in Tuncica for 3 days...(got robbed as well) Still married though! 4 yrs in July =)
sbgirl sbgirl 10 years
My something borrowed and something blue were some gorgeous sapphire & diamond earrings that I borrowed my a great family friend. My something new was my dress, veil, etc... and my something old was a pendant from my MIL and a hankerchief that had been my grandmothers. I had both my parents walk me down the aisle. I definitely liked the idea of having my dad walk me down but I didn't want to leave my mom out and it was so nice to do it all together. There are some gorgeous pictures of the 3 of us walking down with tears shining in our eyes. We also didn't see each other before the ceremony. I was totally against it and wanted to do pictures before but my husband was adamant that he wanted to see me for the first time as I walked down the aisle. It was definitely a huge moment...walking out and seeing him, all the people, etc... I don't remember the first 20 minutes of the ceremony. We were watching our video and I literally did not remember half of what we said. Other than that - we didn't do the bouquet toss or the garter toss. The best part of the whole day (other than knowing you will also be together) is to have your whole family and all your friends together and celebrating. :)
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
We kept several wedding traditions as part of our big day because when taken in context they are not "women as property" based at all. I hold on to the notion that they are meaningful, symbolic and romantic. We also did the anniversary dance and it was one of my favorite parts of the reception. I didn't give them my bouquet, but everyone gave them a big standing ovation. blue- garter borrowed - a hairpin from my sister/maid of honor new - pretty much everything, but I'll say my dress old - one of my grandma's rings (also borrowed from a sister)
nicachica nicachica 10 years
Facin8me, that is so freakin awesome! i think a lot of wedding traditions are outdated and i really love the way you made it your own without being so "in your face" as some people might think. beautiful! :)
facin8me facin8me 10 years
My husband and I didn't care much for the traditional wedding rituals (because they're not so romantic once you realize that they are "women as property" based). So instead we made the ceremony our own. Both of my husbands parents walked him in, and both of my parents walked me in, not because they were "giving" us away, but because they were our support systems and they were joining us on our special day. We had attendants walk in together as well...and we didn't have men on one side and women on the other. I had my best friend from college as my "man of honor" and he had his sister as his honor attendant, and we had a mix of men and women on both sides. We kissed "each other" instead of my husband kissing the bride and we were introduced using both of our first names instead of Mr and Mrs Hislastname. During the reception, we didn't do a bouquet toss or the garter throw (what garter throw has ever been classy?). Instead we had an anniversary dance where all of the married couples danced and were asked to leave the dance floor depending on the length of their marriage. The couple that was married the longest (over 60 years!) received my bouquet.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
borrowed and blue was the garter my mother wore at her wedding. old was my grandmothers pearls and new was my veil (although that wasn't the plan, lol). we had a very traditional wedding. about the only thing i changed was the "who gives this woman" phrase (i go freely or i don't go at all) and the "obey" part (removed). the aisle walk was really something, to have my dad walk me down the aisle after thinking about it as a little girl and all was very "big" i guess is the word. then there was this moment during the vows when i suddenly though "omg, this is MY WEDDING!!" dh told me later (like 3 years when it came up) that he had the same feeling, and at the same point in the ceremony. it was where the priest was talking about "love is not selfish, love forgives all things...) maybe because we'd heard it so many times at other weddings it made it more real :)
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