Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…
By: Claire Davis, Auburn University, Epsilon Eta
Wedding season is upon us! Brides everywhere are preparing for the hugely popular spring and summer ceremonies. They’re gathering their “something borrowed and something blue” items, vigorously flipping through magazines to find inspiration for their perfect wedding dress, unique jewelry to wear and fun activities for their guests to enjoy at the reception. For a lot of brides, another important aspect to their big day is incorporating family wedding traditions and Kappa wedding traditions. This season brides have a very special wedding to inspire them with ideas and traditions, so set your DVRs to record The Royal Wedding which is just three short days away!
This Friday, Catherine Middleton and Prince William will say “I do” in a ceremony that will share many important royal wedding traditions. Did you know that Catherine will have a bit of Welsh gold in her wedding ring? This was started in 1923 by the late Queen Mother, when she was given a nugget of Welsh gold. Many royals, including the late Princess Diana, have had gold from the same nugget in their rings! She will also carry a sprig of myrtle (known as the “herb of love”) in her bouquet. This tradition dates back to the 19th century to Queen Victoria, who carried a sprig of myrtle in her bouquet and then planted it in her garden following the wedding. Since that time, royal brides have cut a sprig from the same garden to use in their wedding bouquet. The traditional location for royal weddings is Westminster Abbey, and Catherine and Prince William will continue this tradition, followed with a traditional carriage ride to Buckingham Palace.
While not royalty, Kappa brides are otherwise no different! Many Kappa brides will be getting married this year, celebrating with friends, family and other Kappa sisters. Kappa is known for having many of its own special wedding traditions. Many times, women will pin their badge under their dress or on their bouquet, fulfilling their “something blue.” Legacy Kappas may have chosen to wear their mother’s or grandmother’s antique Kappa badge as their “something borrowed.” Kappa sisters often are chosen as bridesmaids for the special day, and some Kappa brides will choose to have light blue and dark blue bridesmaid’s dresses. Irises have even been known to make an appearance in bouquets and table arrangements! Perhaps the most exciting of all Kappa wedding traditions is encircling the bride and groom and singing “Lovely Girl” or “Oh Pat.” Kappas have been serenading newly married couples for more than 25 years!
Did you incorporate Kappa into your wedding? We’d love to know how! Tell us by leaving a comment below.
And, don’t forget to check out the Spring Edition of The Key – pages 18-23 feature beautiful wedding gowns by a Kappa wedding designer!