New; Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Tradition holds that the bride carries these four things for superstitious
reasons. We aren't superstitious at all, but Elaine will be carrying
the four things anyway (sort of), just for the fun of it:
Something Old: This
should be from a woman who has been married a long time, to ensure a happy
and lasting marriage. Elaine will carry her grandmother's handkerchief.
This is something to be carried into her new life, and representative of
that big change. Elaine says she'll use her wedding dress. David
continues to argue that this is not something carried and shouldn't count.
She won't budge.
This represents borrowed happiness. Her grandmother's handkerchief,
doing double duty. David is unsure of how a handkerchief represents
happiness; and besides, the double duty thing seems like a cop-out to him!
She won't budge on this, either.
The color blue is associated with purity and modesty, and Irish
tradition holds that blue is a lucky color. Elaine's garter
will have blue on it, but you don't get to see that.
Along with this tradition, the bride is supposed
to put a penny in her shoe for good luck. That's just plain
uncomfortable, so we'll pass on that one.