Looking for a fun way to introduce a little BOLD into an otherwise conservative wedding? The Bridal Garter is the perfect accessory to do just this. White, ivory and soft blue continue to be the top sellers because they either match the wedding dress or they are used as the “Something Blue” from the old Victorian English rhyme:
Something Old, Something New,
Something Borrowed, Something Blue
And a Silver Sixpence in her shoe.
Each of these items represents a good luck token for the bride. If she carries one of each them it is believed that her marriage will be happy. The “Something Old” represents the Bride’s family and her own connection to the past. The “Something New” represents the future and the optimism with which she is facing it with her new partner.
“Something borrowed” is often a significant or heirloom piece from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also serves to remind the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. In Christianity bluerepresents purity. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular colour for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.” Most western bridal gowns now are white or ivory but the blue garter is a link to this tradition.
And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe represents wealth and financial security. It may date back to a Scottish custom of a groom putting a silver coin under his foot for good luck. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe. Today, a dime of shiny penny may be substituted.
You may be wondering why some of these garters are sold in pairs. The reason is this- many brides put a great deal of thought into her garter choice and then she has to toss it away to the bachelor men -who really will not appreciate the care with which she made her selection. The two-packs ensure that the bride can participate in the garter toss and also have a keepsake garter to keep. It can be cleaned and stored with the dress, used in a shadowbox or kept in a wedding memento box.
Visit us at our Ingersoll Ontario Showroom to view our large selection of instock bridal garters. Order online with confidence- our orders ship from our Ingersoll location and when shipped to an address within Canada there are no additional customs or brokerage fees due at time of delivery.