Did you know that ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ isn’t the whole saying? Well, you are in for a surprise…
We at The Mitre have been hosting weddings at our gorgeous wedding venue in Hampton Court for many years now and have certainly seen some of the wackiest and most wonderful wedding traditions around.
Although you’re unlikely to uphold any of the traditions mentioned, we thought we’d bring you some light relief from planning your special day by filling you in on the best marital customs still practised in Britain in 2017.
Here is a selection of the lesser known British wedding traditions we have come to hear of at our wedding venue in Hampton Court…
A Sixpence in Her Shoe
Ever heard the rhyme, ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’? Course you have. Did you know the rhyme ended with, ‘and a silver sixpence in her shoe’? We thought as much. In Britain, a silver sixpence was once placed in the bride’s shoe by her father as a traditional good luck gesture and as a symbol of him wishing her prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage…
Picking the Perfect Date
Although the most popular day to get married in the UK nowadays is a Saturday, Wednesday was traditionally considered the best – with some even saying that Mondays will bring a couple wealth and Tuesday will bring them health.
But what time of year should you tie the knot exactly? According to folklore, May is the unluckiest month to marry in – but we’d have to disagree. Marry in May and have the perfect riverside wedding at our gorgeous hotel.
Oil & Eggs
In Scotland, the bride is sometimes covered in buckets of flour, eggs, treacle, seaweed, porridge and feathers then paraded around the town. It’s believed this ritual originates from wishing to keep evil spirits away and, although it’s less common these days, it does still take place within some families today!
In Wales, the bride sometimes gives her bridesmaids a cutting from a myrtle plant as a symbol of love. The story goes that if the bridesmaid plants it and the plant flowers, wedding bells for them won’t be far off…
Safety to the Left
We all know that the bride stands to the left of the groom at the altar, but have you ever wondered why? In days gone by, the groom needed to leave his right hand (his fighting hand) free in case he needed to ward off other suitors hoping to pinch the bride.
So there we have it, the most bonkers and bizarre British wedding traditions we could find.
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