Have you ever wondered where the traditions, stories and the wedding rules come from? Whether someone is trying to sell you something or is it something with real meaning…. Well, let’s break down 10 of these traditions, where they come from and how you can break the rules!!
So much thought goes into how big, how small, what style and what flowers to include enhancing the complete look the bride requires. The bouquet however has its origins not for beauty reasons but to ward off evil spirits!
The Wedding Veil is considered to have originated to protect the bride from evil spirits. Well whatever your reason the wedding veil has evolved into a very stylish accessory to your wedding day look. Some brides choose not to wear one while others are as excited about the veil as the dress as they can’t see one without the other.
Whatever your reasons enjoy a fabulous stunning statement making veil.
The Diamond Ring
The wedding rings symbolize the binding of the bride to the groom.
Some sources report that the Romans and Egyptians recorded the use of wedding rings. There’s also chatter about the ring being a less restrictive symbol of the hand and foot bindings of a captured bride. A pope in the 12th century decreed that weddings would be held in church and that the brides were to receive rings. He also decreed that the time between engagement and marriage should be lengthened, which boosted interest in engagement rings.
Those rings however didn’t have diamonds! There’s no dispute that DeBeers singlehandedly created the market for the diamond engagement ring with a simple sentiment in a 20th-century ad campaign: A Diamond is Forever.
Thank you De Beers.
The White Wedding Dress
In the ancient world of the Greeks and the Romans, Brides were normally dressed in white for the Wedding ceremony. The white robes were used to symbolise youth, joy and purity. Despite this, white Wedding dresses have not always been the fashion in this country and were only made popular by Anne of Brittany in 1499. The symbolism of a white Wedding dresses as denoting virginity is of fairly recent origins, but is probably an adaption of the ancient association with purity.
In ancient times, the traditional color of bridal gowns would be red or some other bright color. However, green was avoided in the choice of a bridal gown since it was considered unlucky. It was also was considered that a woman who wore green on her Wedding day was one of loose morals…her dress would be grass-stained from rolling around in the fields. The choice of a white Wedding gown increased in popularity when this color was chosen by Queen Victoria for her own ceremonies and thus, broke the tradition of royals marrying in silver.
Today pastel shades, stronger colours and even tartans are worn, as always fashion not superstition dictates the current trend!
The Gift Registry
Aristocratic families in some cultures have always put on expensive weddings to show their place in society. In fact, among frontier families, the lack of access to a preacher led to the acknowledgement — and legalization — of common-law marriages. In more established communities, the bride’s female family members and friends would hold special quilting circles to embroider and create her trousseau. The ceremonies, the receptions and the setting up of households were all-encompassing community events.
Then the society families started collecting gifts.
The Jumping of the Broom
Jumping the broom originated during the time of slavery as a symbolic way of leaping into a new life.
The practice of jumping the broom started in slave times, when it was actually illegal for slaves to marry. Nonetheless, the people on the plantations sought to form bonds that were acknowledged by the community, so they jumped the broom together in lieu of a legal wedding.
Historians note that freed slaves taught their children to disdain the practice, because to them, it was a symbol of bondage. However, the poignant scene in Alex Haley’s “Roots,” in which Kunta Kinte jumped the broom on the plantation with his bride, led to a revival of the custom. In that scene, the captive from Africa is not accepting his captivity, but he is acknowledging a powerful bond with another person despite being trapped in a life he didn’t choose.
The Breaking of the Glass
This tradition takes on different meaning in different places. In Italy, many newlyweds smash a vase or glass at their wedding, and they put a lot of muscle into it, too. The
tradition says that however many pieces the glassware breaks into will symbolize how many years they’ll be happily married.
Meanwhile, in Jewish customs the wedding ends with the groom crushing the wine glass under their heel. The chief connotation is that the breaking of the glass serves as a reminder of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the most holy place in all of Jewish history. Another connotation is that it reminds the couple of the fragility of the relationship and the need to preserve it.
The Couple Reveal
So this one I can understand as a logistical issue. This dates back to the time of arranged marriages, when people believed that if the couple saw each other before the ceremony, it would give them a chance to change their minds about the wedding.
Guests today enjoy the first look of couples at the altar as they see each other for the first time. Many couples today choose to meet up and even have portrait sessions before saying their “I dos.”
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
We’ve all heard this common rhyme used when someone gets married, but what does it mean?
Wearing “something old” represents the bride’s past, while the “something new” symbolizes the couple’s happy future. The bride is supposed to get her “something borrowed” from someone who is happily married in the hope that some of that person’s good fortune rubs off on her. “Something blue” denotes fidelity and love. The significance of the colour blue is that it represents Constancy and Loyalty and from biblical times a symbol of Purity.
The Bouquet Toss
Welcome to the Olympic portion of the wedding (crying with laughter). This is the time when the most dignified female guest kicks of her shoes and decide that there is nothing more valuable than the brides bouquet.
Women used to try to rip pieces of the bride’s dress and flowers in order to obtain some of her good luck. To escape from the crowd the bride would toss her bouquet and run away. Today the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry.
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