Weddings are all about the traditions. Just in case you are curious about some of the most popular wedding traditions, we created a little list. These wedding traditions should help you plan your magical day.
The Wedding Party
Ancient Roman law required ten witnesses, creating the concept of a wedding party. Weddings were a business transaction, and the best man was a little more than a representative. The best man was about having the best swordsmanship to help the groom deal with the business transaction and round up a runaway bride. Today, the groom brings his bestfriend for emotional support.
Wedding Traditions with Flowers
Flowers are one of the most loved wedding traditions. In ancient Greek and Roman ceremonies, brides and grooms were adorned with garlands to represent fertility and the beginning of their life together. We have the 1840 marriage between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to thank for changing wedding bouquets to the beautiful variety of flowers we love. The bouquet toss is part of wedding traditions. Whoever catches the bouquet is believed to be the next to marry.
Wearing a Veil
Depending on religion and culture, wedding veils are everything from a symbol of class to hiding from the groom before marriage. Regardless of the history claimed or the reasons for wearing them, wedding veils have made the journey to Western wedding traditions to be part of wedding fashion.
The Garter Toss
The garter toss originated in the Dark Ages. It was thought to be good luck to rip a piece of the bride’s wedding gown for a keepsake. To appease the guests and save the gown, the groom tossed the garter at the crowd. Tossing the garter would buy them just enough time to make their escape. The honeymoon was something quite different during those times, and the garter was a needed diversion. Today, the groom removes the garter during the reception and tosses it into the crowd.
Something Old, Something New
The something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue is a wedding tradition from the Victorian era. Something old represents the tie between the bride’s past and her family. Something new represents the future life. Something borrowed transfers happiness to the bride. Something blue represents love and purity. A sixpence in her shoe symbolizes wealth. A sixpence was a coin in Victorian England.
Unity Wedding Traditions
Unity wedding traditions are ways to make the ceremony more meaningful. A hand fasting ceremony binds the bride and groom together during a ritual that involves an exchange of vows and a special reading. During a sand ceremony, the bride and groom combine colorful sand into one decorative vase. During a unity candle ceremony, the bride and groom light a pillar candle together. These wedding traditions represent joining the two as one.
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