…and this is where we get the tradition of throwing the garter and the bouquet! The bride would try to fend off the guests by hitting them with her bouquet (which was carried by the bride to mask any undesirable odors, since bathing was not a regular habit during those times).
…and a sixpence in her shoe, which traditionally was given to the bride by her father and placed in the left shoe. The gift was a symbol of all the blessings a father can give to his daughter and new son: good health, great wealth and of course, happiness.
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