I wrote a this little piece in the gorgeous new issue of White magazine. It's about the custom for something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. This is my conclusion:
According to Marion Von Alderstein’s The Penguin Book of Etiquette (which, incidentally, I couldn’t live without): “The something old could be your grandmother’s antique lace veil, or an heirloom handkerchief to dab the tears the bride is advised to shed at the altar.” She is referring to another old saying and custom: “Weeping before you are wed ensures no tears afterwards.” You heard it here first!
Von Alderstein refers to something borrowed as a superstition, introducing these writings with: “the superstitious are careful to wear…” And goodness knows I’ll take any fairy dust you’ve got to spare – but I don’t see all this as hocus-pocus; we don’t indulge in such customs only if we believe they will somehow ring in the good luck – and fend off bad. We embrace them because they are steeped in glorious tradition. As the pace of life gets faster and crazier, it is the old rituals that anchor our lives: and a wedding day is the ultimate expression of that. I completely adore the idea of wearing something borrowed and some thing blue because an old poem no-one knows the author of makes mention of it, and because my mother did as did countless brides before her did too, don’t you?
Read the full story in the new issue http://www.whitemagazine.com.au