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Apr 25, 2013
Where did that come from?
Something old, something new,
something borrowed, something blue...
The next line of this old saying actually hints at its origin.
The complete phrase is:
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967. It was made of silver and worth six pennies. So this wedding tradition is definitely English, and many sources say that it began in the Victorian era.Each item in this poem represents a good-luck token for the bride. If she carries all of them on her wedding day, her marriage will be happy.
"Something old" symbolizes continuity with the bride's family and the past. "Something new" means optimism and hope for the bride's new life ahead. "Something borrowed" is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.
As for the colorful item, blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity. Christianity has long dressed the Virgin Mary in blue, so purity was associated with the color. Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, "Marry in blue, lover be true."
And finally, a silver sixpence in the bride's 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. For optimum fortune, the sixpence should be in the left shoe.
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED
Below are elements that we offer with our Planning Service, to borrow for the day of.
Something old... Vintage set of WEDDING BANDS tied on a simple white ring pillow. Should a RING PILLOW fall off your list. If you find your own, we have the faux wedding bands to keep responsibilities off the little man.
Something new... Framed Custom Poster-Sized ROOM DIAGRAM, to be placed at the entrance of your reception room. Guests alphabetically find their names and table number. They will be guided by the table floorplan, designed to coordinate with your other wedding graphical elements.
Something borrowed... Cake knife and server, with crystal cut handles.
Something blue... gold, silver, comfortable, refreshing,... our 2 ROLLING EMERGENCY CASES have it all. Breath mints, flip-flops, stain remover, safety pins... the list goes on. These will be available for the comforts of you and your entourage.
Compliments of the Ladies of Parasol of Design!
It’s hard to pick only three, so we’ll give you four.
No.1 | Vibiana, Downtown Los Angeles
The cathedral was an incredible canvas to work with. The experience was a great collaboration with a creative and inspiring couple and team, that let us do what we do best. The theme was urban chic in yellows, grey, white, silver and gold. The results were much more than we expected as we saw the beautiful newlyweds dance the night away on a white seamless dance floor, surrounded by the glow of violet to midnight LED uplighting along the baroque columns of the cathedral, cityscape graphics projected across the cathedral arched ceilings and twinkling pillar candle adorned altar backdrop.
So proud to be a part of it all, especially since it is featured in the 2013 editions of Ceremony Magazine “Real Weddings”.
No.2 | 7 Degrees, Laguna Beach
The most technologically advanced museum venue we’ve seen, set in an architectural feast for the eyes, nestled on a hillside in Laguna. A dream venue for us to plan, coordinate and have full creative control over floral, decor, invitations, paper goods and all details, with the sweetest most down to earth couple, who know how to party! What more could we ask for. We had to do justice. The night resulted in a bubble snow entrance, that led to a deck ceremony overlooking the Laguna Hillside. Heated tent with a ceiling of graphite grey and silver round paper lanterns hovered over guest, as the space transformed into an instant party come cocktails.
Guests were led into the Media Lounge where the gallery walls were dotted succulent installations and vintage Las Vegas neon oversized prints. We brought in succulents and fresh white dahlias, in terrarium form, inside large apothecary jars centerpieces. The arrangements were surrounded by crystal cut goblets with single succulent blooms for guest to take home. After cake cutting, the festivities were fuelled by the grooms request of a donut buffet and hot coco topping buffet. The event ended when the bride and groom ran off into the night, through a wall of the closest family and friends at their twinkling sparkler farwell. The charter bus waiting and already loaded with their gifts sent them off to their hotel suite nearby to continue the party.
No.3 | Old Ranch in Ojai
It was quite a task to bring our fresh blooms to this hidden ranch in the orchard farms of Ojai Ca, but we made it happen. The bees and warm weather gave us an unexpected welcome, but we pushed through. As finishing touches were made, guests made their way through adobe dwellings, succulent gardens and cobblestone trails. Upon finding the ranch property, they were escorted through wrought iron gates to find a hidden ceremony space framed by tall old dripping trees. We framed the altar with fresh flower filled standing vintage bird cages and a full and lush aisle of fresh white rose petals. An appropriately breathtaking moment for everyone.
After, guest were escorted to cocktails in an adjacent garden. Then a stroll across the bridge and pass trees w hanging fresh wild flowers in twine wrapped mason jars, to find bistro lights over a family style, kings tables reception that sits between two spanish style villas where the bridal suites hide. Just as sunset hit, they made their grand entrance... c-walking down the cobblestones, both groovy bride and groom. The party has officially started! Photobooth, dessert buffet, and bottomless drinks at this mini-vaca wedding for all.
No.4 | The Royal, Cancun
Oh the perks! Best of course to hire an onsite coordinator. There’s no way to know the specs of a venue unless travel budget isn’t an issue. But of course there’s much more to bring to the party. Much to consider including marriage licence needs, accommodations, guest comfort, humidity, and bridal entourage needs. At the welcome dinner, first on the itinerary for the week, guests received welcome bags, full to helpful and thoughtful gifts from the bride and groom. Throughout the week, guests were invited to underwater cave adventures, zip lining, and a slue of local adventures. Others chose those explore the fine dining and activities on the beachfront all inclusive resort.
On the day of, as the boys put on their fedoras and crepe paper and pearl bouquet were handed out, the Bride’s birdcage veil is attached by best friend, maid of honor and stylist to the stars, in her 16th floor bridal suite overlooking the clear blue waters of Cancun. This is one lucky bride.
A phone call and escort to the ceremony, brings her to a sheer draped gazebo where her friends, family and groom wait. Simple, sweet ceremony, hors devours and cocktails, then dinner on the sand where guest found their silver leather luggage tag placecards. We also supplied crepe paper vased centerpieces, table overlay, and LED table lighting. All dance the night away at their private beach party by moonlight. Guest then were invited, fully dressed in formal attire, to the pool for a group picture... jumping in! Definitely a night to remember.
Apr 4, 2013
Parasol of Design offers 5 star service for one-of-a-kind special events: Weddings, Showers, Anniversaries, Birthdays...
Planning, designing and coordinating, are what we do best. From venue scouting, vendor referrals, floral, decor rental, invitations & paper goods, hair & makeup, slideshows to sweet treat buffets, WE DO EVENTS.Unique ideas are more than welcome. Tell us what you want and we'll do our best to make it happen, and give you the tips and tricks along the way to making it. happen.
From the beginning of the day, we are on location to doll up the entourage. Behind the scenes, our crew sets up the event, top to bottom. Our coordinators manage all vendor arrivals, timelines and assure delivery is to perfection and camera ready.
As the event begins, our experienced team are on cue and quick on their feet, to provide a seamless event for you and your guests to enjoy. Our goal is for you to enjoy the celebration, good cheers and laughs.
Apr 11, 2012
Imagine what you could have done if you had just a little more time on that project...
try 3 extra months! We've been given an extra 3 month to wow the crowd. The AAWPA presentation/mixer has been moved to August 1. Now all these concepts in our heads can actually come to life! Check out where we're going with our "Korean Couture" wedding project on Pinterest.
Interested in contributing to this project?
email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of perks... see previous posts below for info
Location of the event is still TBD. Since we have more time, they're planning on getting a bigger better venue, doing more marketing and getting this project in front of more faces from the industry, as well as prospective couples.
It will definitely be worth the wait ;)
Jan 30, 2012
Welcome to our newly revamped website. We've had an amazing couple of years and had to share. Feel free to peruse at your leisure. We hope you get a better understanding of who we are, what we do and why we love it! Looking forward to a bigger, better year, you just never know what we're going to pull out of the magic hat ;)
Always, the Ladies of Parasol of Design
Jan 5, 2012
We're starting the year off with a makeover.
Parasolofdesign.com gets a revamp. Our new website showcases the latest galas in our portfolio.
Behind the scenes pics of our talented crew give you a preview of all that occur in preparation for each event.
We look forward to a fabulous year and hope to share it with you!