1820 7 Types of Wedding Traditions You Need to Know
Today we are sharing with you wedding traditions that you may not even know about. In doing some research we found a few things that we didn't even know. It's fun to understand and incorporate traditions into your wedding day. Why does the Bride wear white? Why does a wedding cake have tiers? Why do we toss a bouquet and a garter? Don't know? Well, we are here to tell you!
Did you know that it's said that if it's raining on your wedding day that you'll have good luck in your marriage?
Wedding Rings Traditions:
It was once thought that the vein in your left-hand fourth finger led directly to the heart, this is the reason engagement and wedding rings are worn on that finger.
A sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness. While Aquamarine represents marital harmony and is said to bring a long and happy marriage.
In some European countries, the ring is worn on the left hand before marriage and is moved to the right hand during the ceremony.
Wedding Dress Traditions:
Did you know that it is because in 1840 Queen Victoria wore a white wedding dress the Western world's does too? Before then, brides just wore their best dress.
Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. (This seems to be a common worry)
“Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” is a popular rhyme that has been used since Victorian times. The “something old” represents the bond to the bride's family and her old life; “something new” represents the couple's new life together and their future hope for happiness, prosperity and success; “something borrowed” from a happily married woman is meant to impart similar happiness to the bride; and “something blue” represents fidelity and constancy.purity, fidelity, and love.
The Wedding Cake Traditions:
In ancient Rome, guests broke a loaf of bread over a bride's head for her fertility.
The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.
According to tradition, it is considered bad luck for the bride to be seen by the groom before the ceremony.
In times when women were granted few privileges and even fewer personal rights, the bride was literally given away to the groom by the father, usually in exchange for money or property. Today, it is seen as a symbol of the blessings and support of her marriage.
The bride stands to the groom's left during a Christian ceremony because in the past the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.
Stag parties were first held by ancient Spartan soldiers, who kissed their bachelor days goodbye with a loud party.
The lifting of the veil symbolizes male dominance. If the bride lifts it herself, she is showing more independence. Interesting one here!
The ceremonial kiss that concludes the ceremony said to represent the couple sharing and joining their souls. In Roman times, the kiss “sealed” the couple's agreement to join in a life-long commitment.
Throwing rice is an ancient tradition. Rice is considered a “life-giving” seed and it is thought that by throwing it on a couple they will honor them with fertility and will have many children.
Wedding Flower Traditions:
The wedding tradition of the groom wearing a boutonniere originates in medieval times when a knight wore his lady's colors (through flowers) as a statement of his love.
The bouquet symbolizes fertility and everlasting love. During even earlier times of “primitive marriage,” when the fear of demons was most prevalent, the brides carried stinking garlands of herbs and spices for the purpose of frightening off evil spirits.
Wedding Reception Traditions:
Tossing the bouquet evolved from the old tradition of tearing a piece of the bride's dress for good luck. Single women would tear a piece off the wedding gown to ensure finding a husband.
In the old days, guests would follow the newly married couple to their room on their wedding night, wait for them to undress, and toss their stockings at them. The first to hit the bride and groom would be the next to marry. Therefore, we now toss a garter. (not sure I really understand this one, but who knows what they were thinking)
The Honeymoon Traditions:
Long ago, newly married couples would drink a fermented wine made from mead and honey for a month (“moon”) following their wedding. Isn't all wine fermented?
The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below. (evil spirits abound)
Some of these wedding traditions seem to have come out of nowhere. But this is how life is, someone's grandma thought something and insisted on doing things a certain way and then generations later those same ways are still around.
We are sure there are many other wedding traditions out there if you know of some that we missed please comment on our post or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and share them with us. We would love to hear from you!
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