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Wedding Traditions & Wedding News

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  You’ve probably heard this many times but have you ever wondered where it came from, and what does it mean?

It comes from an old poem ‘Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe’—which names the four good-luck objects (plus a sixpence to bring prosperity) a bride should include somewhere in her wedding outfit or carry with her on her wedding day. The old represents the past, new stands for the future. Borrowed refers to the happiness given to the bride by the new husband. Blue is the colour believed to ward off evil. Nowadays, the final line about the sixpence is often not quoted so much.

It’s one of many long standing traditions that feature on most wedding days. Here’s some of our favourites..


Why do we (mostly) wear white wedding dresses? People used to wear any colour dress until fashionable Queen Victoria wore a white dress when she married Prince Albert and brides to-be all copied them. She was an original ‘trend setter’!

Wedding Rings

The custom of wedding rings goes back to Old Egypt, where their circular shape was considered to symbolise eternity. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.

Wedding Cake

The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where guests broke a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility. The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.

Plus, did you know that apparently rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck and it’s said that a spider found on a bride’s dress brings her good luck too!



Do not miss the China Fleet FREE Wedding Fair – Sunday 23rd February 2020,  11am-3pm with free parking. Find out how a wedding at China Fleet could look – explore our wedding rooms and chat to suppliers.


We’re delighted to launch our new Wedding Brochure for 2020 – click here to view.

See you next week & hope to see you at our Wedding Fair this Sunday!


On the Devon and Cornwall border on the banks of the River Tamar, China Fleet Country Club is one of the South West’s leading country clubs and hotel. With award winning golf, spa, beauty, gym, exercise classes, 4 star accommodation, bistro & brasserie and events, the Club is set in 180 acres near Plymouth. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Trip Advisor Green Leaders Gold Level & South West Green Tourism Silver Awards & SW Wedding Venue of the Year Award 2019

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