Wedding Traditions - Why you do what you do!
Something Old:Represents the link with the bride's family and the past.
Something New:Represents good fortune and success in the bride's new life.
Something Borrowed:Reminds the bride that friends and family will be there for her when help is needed.
A silver sixpence in her shoe is to wish the bride wealth and happiness.
Throwing the bridal bouquet was introduced by the Americans, It’s said whoever catches the bouquet will be next to wed.
Wedding gifts are now bought for the couple instead of fruits, which were given to encourage fertility.
Carrying the Bride over the threshold is said to protect her from the evil spirits that could be waiting in her new home.
In England it was traditional to bake the ring into the cake, the guest that found the ring was promised a year’s uninterrupted happiness.
The tradition of the father giving away his daughter has its roots in the days of arranged marriages. Daughters in those times were considered their fathers property. It was the fathers right to give his child to a groom, usually for a price. Today it symbolises a blessing of the marriage.
The word Bride comes from the old English Word for cook and the word Groom was the word for a male child, we’ll leave you to decide how accurate either term is.
The Groom kneeling to propose stems from the age of Chivalry when a knight would kneel in front of his fair maiden to show servitude and respect.
The ring pillow was originally only used in Royal weddings and represented how precious they are both in value and symbolically.
Bridesmaids and Groomsman are often chosen in even numbers, this dates from Roman times when the law required both families to supply five witnesses each.
The Groom’s Boutonniere again dates back to those knights in shining armour who would wear a band of their ladies colours on their arm
Why does the bride wear a veil?
The wedding veil: Was used to hide the Brides beauty and ward off evil spirits.
Why do we have a wedding cake?
The Wedding Cake originates from a time when the guests used to sprinkle bread crumbs on the Brides head for Luck and Fertility, through the ages the custom evolved into something more refined and tasty. Although the last remaining vestige of this age old tradition can be seen today when the Bride and Groom smush cake in each others faces.
Why do we have bridesmaids?
The bridal party has been around for centuries they would dress in a similar to confuse any evil spirits that may be lurking about.
Why is it traditional to wear white?
Before Queen Victoria popularised the wearing of white, wedding attire was every colour you could imagine. Check our wedding fashions through the ages section.
And now you may kiss the bride!
The Kiss! Long ago it was believe that a part of your soul was exchanged when you confirmed your marriage with a kiss!
Why do we have a guest book?
It used to be a legal requirement that all the guests signed as witness to the marriage and so the Guest Book was born!
What do pearls represent?
Wedding pearls. To some the wearing of pearls represents tears and is a bad sign. However, to others, the wearing of pearls takes the place of the Brides real tears, thus she’ll have a tear free wedded life.
Why does the bride stand on the left
The Bride traditionally stands on the left of the Groom so his sword arm would be left free to fight off other suitors
Why do we throw confetti?
Confetti: Confetti has replaced rice or grain which was thrown over the Bride and Groom to encourage fertility.
Why do we have a first dance?
The First dance traditionally was a display of victory in the days when the groom would steal his bride from a neighbouring village.
Why something blue?
Something Blue: Symbolises faithfulness and loyalty and dates back to biblical times when blue represented purity.
What do the rings symbolise?
The wedding ring has been worn on the third finger of the left hand since roman times. They believed that the vein in the finger ran directly to the heart.
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