|A handmade horseshoe from The Real Petal Confetti Company|
The modern wedding day is full of little traditions and symbolic links with our past and the giving of a 'lucky' horseshoe to the bride is one that endures. It's a lovely gift and an ancient symbol of good luck. Most families have old pictures of newly married couples stood outside the church - groom with a floral buttonhole and bride with her big bouquet and lucky horseshoe.
|A 1940s wedding party outside the church|
|A 1960s bride|
|A newly-wed couple in the 1930s|
For Christians the meaning comes from St. Dunstan who trapped the Devil inside a horseshoe. He would only release the Devil if he swore an oath to never cross the threshold of a Christian home that was protected by a horseshoe hung above the door. So the bride would take her horseshoe to her marital home and the newly-weds would be protected.
But the positive symbolism can be traced back to ancient Greece where horseshoes were associated with the crescent moon and regarded as a symbol of fertility.
|A child gives a lucky horseshoe to the bride|
The Victorians (who loved their symbolism and are responsible for most of our wedding traditions!) filled the wedding day with meaning and omens of good fortune and female family members would give a horseshoe to the bride to bring good luck to her marriage. Having a child give a horseshoe is thought to be particularly beneficial in terms of fertility.
For the Victorians the luckiest horseshoes were cast from iron - a perfect marriage of fire and earth. And they chose used shoes so that horse’s strong energy had been absorbed into the metal. But tastes have changed over time and our horseshoes are light aluminium and brand new - so that they can also be used as part of "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" - another meaningful bridal wedding tradition.
|A good luck horseshoe - something new and something blue!|
The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company's horseshoes are lovingly handmade with pretty ribbons and paper flowers. They are available in 6 different colourways: Blue, White, Pink, Red, Candy Mix and White with gold ribbon and cost £14.99.
|White Daisies with Silk Leaves|
|Gold Ribbon with White Daisies|
|Pink Cherry Blossoms|
|Classic Red Roses with Silk Leaves|
|Candy Coloured Flowers|
We can also make horseshoes to order if you have a bespoke flower colour request. (Subject to availability). We have a small selection of paper flowers available - please just email email@example.com.
|Rosy Red Flower Mix Bespoke Horseshoe|
Remember - it's very important that a horseshoe should not be turned upside down or all the good luck will fall out. Unless you are Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or Roman Catholic, who hang a horseshoe with the ends pointing down so that good luck can flow out into the home... the choice is yours!
For more information about our handmade wedding horseshoes visit www.confettidirect.co.uk or call 01386 555045