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The Meaning Behind 6 Wedding Superstitions
Quick! How many wedding superstitions can you think off of the top of your head? You probably at least thought of one, right? The first one that pops into my head is the groom not being able to see the bride before the wedding.
Here’s another common one: having the bride wear something old, new, borrowed, and blue. Those are two that most of us still follow today, but there are some older wedding superstitions that may have you scratching your head. Ever wonder where these superstitions come from and what they mean? Let’s find out...
1. Seeing Each Other Before the Wedding
You’re not supposed to see each other before the bride makes her aisle debut. Believe it or not, this superstition dates back to the time of arranged marriages. People believed a meeting before the wedding might cause the wedding to be called off. Of course, some couples still practice this superstition, but others are now seeing each other before the ceremony for wedding photos.
2. Blind Men and Pregnant Women
This is another superstition that dates back to the time of arranged marriage. During this time, the groom would send a family member or friend to meet the potential bride. However, that friend or family member had to watch out for this bad omen: seeing a blind man or a pregnant woman on his way to meet the bride.
3. Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
Each of these items represents something for the bride. “Something old” symbolizes the bride’s past, and “something new” represents the couple’s anticipated bright future. Superstition states that the bride receive her “something borrowed’ from a friend or family member that is already happily married. The bride’s “something blue” signifies love and devotion.
4. Dropping Your Rings
Don’t drop those matching wedding rings! This is another strange superstition: whoever drops a wedding band first will be the first to die, so make sure you and your partner hold onto those rings tightly!
5. Wedding Dress Colors
Most brides wear white or some shade of off-white, which has something to do with the purity of white and what it signifies. But did you know that other dress colors can signify the happiness of your marriage? Check out this superstitious rhyme: Married in red, you will wish yourself dead. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in pink, your spirit will sink. Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow. Married in grey, you will go far away. Married in green, ashamed to be seen.
6. The Wedding Veil
Wedding veils are beautiful, but they’re also extremely useful, according to an old superstition. In Roman tradition, veils are used to ward off evil spirits who are jealous of the bride’s happiness. Just think about that the next time you’re considering forgoing the veil.
Are you getting ready to walk down the aisle? Make sure you have picked out the perfect set of matching wedding rings!
NEW: Create Your Own Diamond Engagement Ring
Do you have a style that’s hard to define? Have you been searching through websites and catalogues for the perfect diamond engagement ring without any luck? If you know exactly what you want, but you haven’t been able to find it, then you’re in luck.
Instead of settling for a ring you don’t love, why don’t you create the ring of your dreams yourself? Now you can create your own perfect fit with the new My Trio Rings custom ring feature! You can also use this brand new feature to create all the diamond rings you’ll need on your special day by building your own trio ring set. The possibilities are truly endless; here's how it works:
1. Choose the type of rings you'd like to browse from our category pages. Click the “view customizable rings” button on the top right of the page.
2. First, you’ll choose your preferred stone cut. You can choose between a round cluster, a princess cluster, a round solitaire, a princess solitaire, and a fancy cluster.
3. After you pick your stone cut, you can choose how big or small you’d like the head to be. For some stone cuts, you simply pick small, medium, or large. For others, like round solitaire, you’ll pick the head according to carats.
4. Next you’ll get a list of all our pre-existing rings that match your desired stone cut and size. From there, search the list and find the one you like.
5. After you’ve found a ring you like, you can click on it and select whether you want white or yellow gold, 10K gold or 14K gold.
Ta-da! You’ve now created the exact ring you've been dreaming of. It’s really that simple. Think about all the different types of rings you can create: a 1 CT. round solitaire with 10 white gold, a 5/8 CT. princess solitaire with yellow 14K gold, or even a 1/2 CT. oval cluster diamond with 10K white gold.
What are you waiting for? Customize your perfect diamond rings.
Engagement Proposal Traditions from Around the World
When you think of a marriage proposal, what immediately comes to mind? Probably the same things that come to mind for most other Americans.Typical proposals in the US involve getting down on one knee and presenting your sweetheart with a diamond ring, but have you ever thought about what the rest of the world does when proposing marriage? There are a range of different traditions from around the world. Let’s take a look at how our customary approach compares to the engagement proposal traditions from other parts of the world:
After a Japanese couple is engaged, it’s customary for the families of the engaged couple to exchange nine gifts, including a folded fan and kelp. This exchange of gifts typically happens at an elaborate engagement ceremony, which is called the “yuinou.” In Japanese culture, marriage isn’t just about the commitment between two people; it’s also about the connection between two families.
In Spain, a man will present a diamond ring to his love in much the same way an American man would. It’s what comes next that’s a little different. After the proposal, the woman will go and find an engagement wristwatch for her fiance.
In Germany, you’ll find both the man and woman wearing an engagement ring on their left hands. (The practice of a man wearing an engagement ring is not altogether uncommon in America. Learn more about the rising popularity of mangagement rings.)
After a couple becomes engaged in Egypt, both the man and the woman wear rings on their right hand to signify their engagement. After they’re married, they move the rings to the left hand.
In Pakistani culture, the family of the bridegroom proposes to the family of the bride. In very traditional families, it’s possible that the potential bride and groom aren’t involved at all. If the bride’s family accepts the proposal, a party is thrown where the groom-to-be formally proposes to the bride-to-be.
In some tribes in Kenya, engagement proposal traditions involve a strand of beads. A man will send the beads to the woman he would like to marry. To accept the proposal, the woman simply keeps the beads. If she sends them back, she rejects the proposal.
If you’re interested in mangagement rings, be sure to check out our other blog post about the subject!
Popular Women’s Engagement Rings for Spring 2014, Part I
We’re just one week away from spring, which means that the flowers are beginning to bloom and you can almost feel the love in the air. Spring is the absolute perfect time for an engagement - all the gloominess of winter will be soon be gone. The sun will be out, the trees will become green again, and the weather will strike that perfect balance between too hot and too cold.
Before you start planning a spring proposal, you should make sure you’re up-to-date on the trends for engagement rings this season. You want to rest assured that your fiancee is 200% pleased with the ring you select for her, which is why we’re doing your homework for you. Check out these popular styles for women’s engagement rings this spring.
This trend has been popular for some time now, and we don’t think it will be going away anytime soon. A halo around a solitaire diamond doesn’t just make the center diamond appear larger, it also makes that center diamond sparkle more. If your girlfriend loves a vintage or antique look, this might be the perfect choice. If you think your sweetheart would like a square halo, check out this 3/4 CT. diamond ring, which is one of our more popular engagement rings. Or, if you think she’d prefer a circle halo engagement ring setting, consider this 7/8 CT. diamond ring.
Square Cluster Ring
Square cluster engagement rings are another popular trend for this spring. They’re easy to wear and will match any jewelry your partner already owns. This trend also translates to a variety of styles, so you can pick out the one that you think your lady will love the most. For example, if you’re looking for something a little more unique, check out this 1/2 CT. diamond ring that not only incorporates the square cluster head, but also both yellow and white gold. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more simple and elegant, take a look at this 5/8 CT. princess cut engagement ring.
Here’s another trend to think about: a unique engagement ring setting. Instead of going with something traditional, why not think a little bit outside the box? If you and your fiancee move to the beat of your own drummer, an unusual setting might be the perfect way to symbolize your love and commitment to one another. Here’s one example of this trend for women’s engagement rings: a 7/8 CT. diamond ring that almost resembles a wave in shape. What if your partner could wear her heart on her finger instead of her sleeve? She can with this 1/20 CT. diamond ring.
What’s your pick among these popular engagement rings? Stay tuned for the second part of this blog post!
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