Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Posted by MSPR on 12 November 2018 14:34:38 CAT

"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe" is a much loved, traditional wedding saying dating back to Victorian times and listing the good-luck objects a bride should include somewhere in her wedding or carry with her on her wedding day. We love wedding traditions but also get excited about changing things up to create unique memories for each bride.

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Something Old... Embassy Hill  in Constantia, Cape Town. Originally built in the early 1950’s as a residential home, then become the Dutch Embassy in South Africa.  The Forum Company acquired the property in 2014 and renovated it and relaunched it as Embassy Hill which is the perfect venue for a special wedding.  We can’t forget Turbine Hall and the heritage surrounding it. This historic venue that once operated as a power station back in the 1920’s, is an integral part of Johannesburg’s architectural history. After an extensive refurbishment, the iconic building reopened to the public in 2005 and has since become one of Joburg’s most coveted wedding venues, due to its unique and edgy industrial spaces accented by beautifully modern interiors.


Something New is all about trends and style. Our general manager of the forum events,  Sven Crofton says “ A wedding is an opportunity to switch things up without necessarily going to extremes”. Think about modernising some wedding traditions . For example why not give your retinue some guidelines and let your bridesmaids choose their own dresses. Nowadays less than half of bridesmaids wear exactly, matching outfits.


Something Borrowed often means a bride uses a family piece of jewellery, her mother’s veil or even a special book for one of the ceremony readings. We love all of those but why not think a little differently and borrow a special recipe for your cake? Modern Brides are looking away from traditional fruit cakes towards exciting new flavours and combinations. How about Coconut Lime or White Chocolate & Raspberry or Pink Champagne? You can even use all three in different tiers.


Something Blue has to be about decor and in particular flowers. Blue and white is a classic colour combination but not always an obvious choice for a wedding scheme. At the moment blue is right on trend for floral design and we have been seeing an explosion of hydrangeas, Irises and Hyacinths.  A bride can really make a splash by combining flowers, table decor and styling in this fresh combination.


And finally …  A Sixpence In Your 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.





photography credits in order of images: 

Wesley Vorster Photography, AndStory , Claire Nicola Photography , Charlene Schreuder, Jessica Notelo Photography, Kusjka Du Plessis Photography