Have you heard the story of Rhodopis? Not surprising if you have not. It was written in the 1st Century BC about a beautiful young woman whose sandal is snatched by an eagle while she is bathing. The eagle flies to the capital city, where the king is holding court outside, and drops the sandal in his lap. Moved by the beauty and shape of the mysterious footwear, he sends his soldiers far and wide across the kingdom to find its wearer. Once she is discovered, he makes her his queen.
Sound familiar? It happened long before modern day wedding planners worried about which wedding favors they were going to buy. It is, of course, the tale of Cinderella, told centuries before the story published by the Brothers Grimm, and even this version is believed to be a retelling. Earlier variations portray Rhodopis as being from Thrace, a fellow slave to Aesop, and there’s even a story in China where the girl’s name is Ye Xian, and the fairy godmother is a fish.
What does all this have to do with your wedding day? Have you thought about a Cinderella theme and maybe fairytale shoe wedding favors? Opt for this choice and your guests will feel the enchantment of a story that is thousands of years old, one of triumph and true love, a perfect parallel for a day when you offer a lifetime pledge to another. The story is timeless and older than most people know. Do you want to live happily ever after? A fairy tale wedding won’t guarantee it, but it’s a good start.
Your Life and Your Marriage can be that Happy Fairy Tale
What’s your favorite story? Does it start with “Once Upon a Time” and end with “Happily Ever After”. Most of the really great tales do. Pick up a book of Grimm’s Tales and you’ll see a common theme interwoven through each chapter – overcoming adversity. Even modern tales by the master Walt Disney typically begin with a tragedy and end with the triumph of true love or good over evil. These are children’s stories, but there are lessons to be learned by adults there also.
If you’re reading this article you are most likely in the phase of your wedding preparations where the theme has been chosen, the meal has been planned, and bridesmaids and groomsmen are being paired up. You’re now looking for wedding favors, and the image of Cinderella’s slipper caught your eye. Remember what it symbolizes – the power to get through anything, no matter what. That is the vow you’re about to take on your wedding day. May the blessing of Rhodopis be upon you when you do that.