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Healthcare | North Idaho

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a copper penny in your shoe!

Why a wedding ring? As far back as literature documents weddings, the wedding ring has been in evidence. Some believe the wedding ring was the first element of wedding traditions. The circular shape of the wedding ring symbolizes never-ending love. Third finger, left hand? It is believed that the vein in the third finger of the left hand runs directly to the heart.

Why does the bride wear a veil? Many moons ago it was believed that a veil would protect the bride from evil spirits. Today the white veil is a symbol of modesty and virginity.

Why does the bride wear white? In Colonial times a bride often wore her "Sunday best" to her wedding. It was not until the 1840's when Queen Victoria was married in a white wedding gown that "white gowns" because the rage. White is also a symbol of affluence, purity, joy, and virginity. Today, brides can choose many shade of white, from bright white to champagne.

why carry flowers? Historically, flowers and herbs have played a significant role in the attraction of "good" and/or the warding off of "evil". Greeks used ivy for the sign of lasting love. Today, pretty wedding flowers convey a message of fertility and enduring love and romance.

Why something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue? To ensure a happy marriage, a bride should carry something old from someone who has been married for a long time, and something new to carry into her new life. Something borrowed, "borrowed happiness"; something blue, "the color blue has been associated with purity and modesty". A penny in your shoe, place a penny in your shoe to bring good fortune and protection against want.

Why is a white runner used? The white runner signifies a pure pathway into happiness. Rose petals in the bride's path lead her to a sweet and plentiful future.

Why is the bride given away? In days of old, the bride was literally give to the groom in an arranged marriage. Today "giving away" is seen as symbolic of her parent's support for her union.

Why is the ceremony sealed with a kiss? Occurring at the end of the ceremony, the kiss announces a new union and married status.

Why is there a wedding cake? It is a symbol of good luck and fertility, cake being exchanged is to show loyalty and devotion to one another.

What is a groom's cake? A groom's cake is often a rich, dark cake or a cake in the groom's favorite color, sport, or hobby. The grooms cake is a way to share the couple's good fortune.

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