Handmade Lucky Bridal Horseshoes
Prettily decorated horseshoes are a very traditional wedding gift for the new bride. Rich in symbolism, the horseshoe is thought to both protect the marital home and bestow fertility on the new marriage. It’s also a lovely wedding day keepsake!
Horseshoes – Details:
- Each of our Wedding Horseshoes is handmade from a new real aluminium horseshoe, double sided satin ribbons and paper flowers.
- 13cm wide by 13cm tall. 15cm ribbon handle.
- This item is not a toy.
- Bridal Horseshoes are not suitable for very small children.
Traditions and Symbolism
The modern wedding day is full of little traditions and symbolic links with our past. Consequently the giving of a ‘lucky’ horseshoe to the bride is one that endures. 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.
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. Therefore the bride would take her horseshoe to her marital home and the newly-weds would be protected.
But the positive symbolism can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece: Horseshoes were associated with the crescent moon and regarded as a symbol of fertility.
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. 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.
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!