Now that the antique engagement ring has set the tone of the celebration, every detail will be carefully thought out by the new bride. Her gown will echo the patterns etched into her antique engagement ring so long ago, adding to the charm and tradition of her Victorian wedding celebration. Each flower she chooses will capture the significance of the day in their meaning, an old-fashioned tradition but especially important for the hopeless romantic. The featured flower will be the red rose, of course, as it signifies everlasting love and all that is beautiful. Just before the ceremony begins, the lights will dim allowing the candlelit pews to illuminate the isle, sprinkled with dried rose petals. The dried rose petals will signify the path that has led the couple to this moment and the fresh roses in her bouquet and on his lapel will signify the path that they will follow together from this moment into the future.
The guests’ ears will be filled with classical music during a garden cocktail hour where guests may enjoy fragrant flowers, majestic views, hors'doerves and cocktails. This relaxing precursor will aptly set the mood for the brides’ candlelit dinner and first dance with her new husband. Once the guests have been seated, the band will announce the newlyweds, bridesmaids and groomsmen with joyous jazz music. The piece will flow seamlessly into a song chosen for their first dance as husband and wife.
As they glide across the dance floor, she is touched once more by the significance of the antique engagement ring that now belongs to her. She thinks about the brides that came before her and imagines her children and grandchildren beginning their first dance of married life. She is happy to be a part of the legacy this antique engagement ring embodies and swoons once more for the man at her side; her new husband.
Family heirlooms are a great piece of nostalgia to add to any wedding celebration. If you’re family hasn’t followed this tradition yet; it’s never too late to start one for yourself. Try writing the memories of your own engagement, wedding or honeymoon in a journal. You can then store it safely in an airtight box for future generations to enjoy and to eventually add their stories. In addition to stories and memories, your engagement ring can quickly become a family heirloom for future generations to enjoy. Become a part of your family’s history that will inspire, excite, and encourage others to continue the tradition you started!