Celebrate your wedding in style at Swan Manor and enjoy the natural beauty that North Carolina has to offer. Our private, expansive estate is the ideal place to host your wedding and reception or any large gathering. Along with our beautiful grounds you will find luxury indoor appointments in our stately manor house and carriage house ballroom. We are the perfect venue for your nuptials any time of year.

Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

Let’s turn our attention to one of the most well-known wedding traditions: The bride wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Have you ever wondered why this is even a thing? If so, you’re in luck because we have the scoop right here:

Q: What is the meaning of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”?

A: This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme (“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”), and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are just good luck charms. Don’t stress too much about them — they are the little tokens of love your mother, sister, other relatives, and attendants will give you at the eleventh hour (although you can give them to yourself, too). Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, although this remains largely a British custom. More details at The Knot

Incorporating Something Blue Can Be Fun and Unique

There are numerous ways you can add your “something blue” to your wedding. As one of the most popular colors for 2017, decor ranges from Robin’s egg blue to rich navy and covers every shade from cobalt to turquoise in between. Of course, flowers — including roses, hydrangeas and hyacinth — are simply stunning options. Some brides have utilized their fancy footwear to bring the tradition to life, while others use a sentimental blue piece of fabric to wrap their bouquets.

The Huffington Post has more info about making your special day a little bit blue.

Blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In fact, in ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, and fidelity.

For modern brides that want their something blue to pop on their big day, try pairing your gorgeous wedding gown with royal blue Louboutin pumps.

A new take on an old tradition: Use blue stitching to have your wedding date and initials monogrammed on the inside of your veil or dress. Additional info at Huffington Post

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Delicious Blue Food Options

Blue foods can be a whimsical and tasty way to incorporate tradition into your special day. There are a plethora of edible flowers that look amazing on wedding cakes and desserts which can be fun to utilize. Fresh, organic blueberries and ice cream are sure to please your guests’ palates. If a candy bar is in your plans, it will be easy to add some blue peppermints, chocolates or delicious dessert items.

Add Some Blue Into Your Accessories

Make the  most of your photos by having some of them feature your fun, blue items. You can have blue sunglasses for the wedding party, blue makeup highlights such as eye shadow, nail polish or mascara, a family heirloom piece of blue jewelry incorporated into your bouquet or opt for a handmade floral crown to complete the look. Other fun and simple ways to maintain your traditional “purity and fidelity” vibe include:

Shoe Clips

Set on wearing white heels? Shoe clips add a splash of color, says planner Ana Skidmore of Two Foot Creative.

Ruffled Petticoat

“A blue ruffled petticoat looks darling under a wedding dress,” says planner Heather Balliet of Amorology.

Temporary Tattoo

“I had a bride tell me that she used our ‘Okay let’s do this’ temporary tattoo as her ‘something blue,'” says Tattly founder Tina Roth Eisenberg.

Nautical Rope Bracelet

According to event stylist Desiree Spinner, nothing says nautical like a navy rope bracelet. Read more at Brides.com

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Have Fun Dealing With the Blues

Outdoor or indoor decor, including candles, signage or even lovely wind chimes, can easily add a touch of blue. Have fun with the process. Some of our Swan Manor couples use their gift favors as their “something blue.” The only thing limiting your options is your own imagination, so go for it. The main thing is to have a good time and never stress. This is your dream day so enjoy every moment of it.

Between our stately manor house, carriage house ballroom and manicured grounds, the indoor/outdoor wedding and reception of your dreams is possible on our estate. Contact us today to schedule a meeting and tour. Call 704-776-2530 or use the contact form here on the site. We look forward to hearing from you.