Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year to the newly engaged from The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014 -
                                Have you just said yes to a proposal...?   
                                                                                           Excited much...?!


These are exciting times and we are sure you have a million ideas floating around your head about dresses and venues and rings and who to invite and where to wed and how many bridesmaids to have and where to go on honey moon and what colour flip flops you should provide for when the dancing starts...!

But why not sit back with a cup of tea and read a bit of old wedding wisdom to get you started...

Marry on a Monday brides will be healthy
Marry on a Tuesday brides will be wealthy
Marry on a Wednesday brides do best of all
Marry on a Thursday brides will suffer losses
Marry on a Friday brides will suffer crosses
Marry on a Saturday brides will have no luck at all

Which is unfortunate because 57.5% of all marriages happened on a Saturday in 2012!
(But venues are cheaper on a weekday!)

Marry when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind and true.
When February birds to mate, you may wed or dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds bow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man.
Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses blow, over land and sea you'll go.
They who in July do wed, must labour always for their bread.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change are sure to see.
Marry in September's shine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come, but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joy will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.

63% of marriages took place between May and September in the UK in 2012.
We like the sound of a December wedding though...!

Why do we throw confetti?

Because it's a beautiful, fun way to start your married life - being showered with joy and love and happiness by your friends and family! That's what we think, but traditionally rice grains or sweets were thrown and these symbolised fertility.

Make sure you have a flower girl scattering petals down the aisle as she goes - this tradition symbolises a happy path in married life.

Why do we wear a white wedding dress?

Queen Victoria was the first to wear a white lace wedding dress - because it was her favourite fabric. This became a trend because of the colour's associations with purity and the fact that it showed status - only the rich could afford to wear (and wash!) white.

 Married in White, you have chosen right.
 Married in Grey, you will go far away.
 Married in Black, you will wish yourself back.
 Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead.
 Married in Green, ashamed to be seen.
 Married in Blue, you will always be true.
 Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl.
 Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow.
 Married in Brown, you will live in the town.
 Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.

Hmm... we think that might be based more on words that rhyme than anything else...?

Something old, something new, 
                                   something borrowed, something blue, 
                                                              and a silver sixpence in your shoe!

Old - represents the bride's past and family. Often a heirloom piece of jewellery is worn.
New - represents the future. Today a fabulous pair of wedding shoes is often the 'new' option.
Borrowed - because you'll have to return it this line reminds the bride her family (or these days a close friend) will always be there for her.
Blue - because blue symbolises purity. It used to be a blue bow on the garter but more modern ideas are blue stitching inside the dress, a message written in blue on the soles of the shoes or blue nailvarnish.
Silver Sixpences symbolise future wealth - don't forget this one!

Fancy getting married in France? It could save you a fortune - it's the tradition for guests to bring flowers and floral table centrepieces with them!

Matching the men's buttonholes to the bridal flowers isn't about a consistent wedding theme - it goes back to medieval times when a Knight would wear his lady's colours to display his everlasting love.

Flowers have symbolic meaning and if you are keen on an auspicious boquet then these could be the wisest choices, and perhaps explain their popularity...
Rose - love, joy, beauty
Lily - truth, honour, majesty
Chrysanthemum - wealth, abundance, truth
Hydrangea - understanding
Orchid - love, beauty
Stephanotis - marital happiness (illustrated below if you're not familiar with this one either!)

Why do Brides stand to the left of the Groom?
This is a good one - it's because in olden times this meant the Groom could hold the Bride's hand in his left and draw his sword with his right, just in case anyone should try and kidnap her!

Why does and bride wear a veil?
To ward off evil spirits. It was the Victorian's who embraced the idea - the bigger the better - it was a show of wealth and status.

Why do we have bridesmaids?
The idea started all the way back in Roman times when 10 witnesses, dressed identically to the bride, acted as 'decoys' to confuse evil spirits who might try to harm the bride. Lookalikes gave the bride extra protection from rejected suitors in later times, and even in the Victorian period photos show 'maids dresses exactly the same as the bride. Today bridesmaids are still often dressed alike, and similarly to the bride, but the Mix & Match look is gaining popularity.

Why is it bad luck for the Groom to see the Bride before the wedding?
This stems from when marriages were arranged between powerful families and often the bride and groom hadn't met. If the groom caught a glimpse of his wife to be before the ceremony and didn't like the look of her, he was known to disappear!

We hope you've enjoyed all that traditional wisdom and it might have given you a few ideas for your wedding? Now it's time to start planning - enjoy! :-)

The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company x x x

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