Wedding Traditions

Before you take a walk down the aisle, we thought you might want to know where some of these, sometimes bizarre, wedding traditions came from! The White Wedding Dress It might be hard to believe, but wedding gowns were not originally all white! Most brides often wore the best outfit they owned, in any color, to show their new husbands how wealthy their families were. Some would even layer on furs and shawls to prove their riches. It wasn't until 1840 when Queen Victoria got married in a white gown and started the trend. At that time, white was a symbol of affluence since it could only be worn once. I guess they didn't have the luxury of taking clothes to the cleaners!

Who knew Queen Victoria was such a trend setter?

The Wedding Ring Since ancient times, a ring has been a symbol of everlasting love since it is a never-ending circle. Romans started the trend of placing a wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand because it was believed that it was the only finger with a vein the connects directly to the heart. The Bouquet Toss Centuries ago, brides would carry around bunches of aromatic fruit blossoms, garlic, and grains as a symbol of prosperity and believed that they would ward off evil spirits. Eventually these were replaced with floral bouquets and took on the symbol of happiness and fertility. Another tradition began around the same time where wedding guests would try to tear off a piece of the brides dress as a symbol of her good fortune. In the brides attempt to get away from the crowd, she would throw her bouquet at them and run away. Today the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches  it will be the next to marry. Bridesmaids For many centuries, bridesmaids have accompanied the bride on her wedding day. This tradition dates back to ancient Roman times when the bride's friends escorted her to her husbands village to protect her from anyone who may try to hurt her or steal her dowry. Eventually, this tradition changed a bit and a bride's friends would all dress in similarly to the bride to outsmart evil spirits so they would not be able to tell who was getting married.

Just imagine having all of your bridesmaids dressed exactly like you!

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue "Something old" represents the bride's link to her family and the past.  The  bride may choose to wear a piece of family jewelry or her mother or  grandmother's wedding gown. "Something new" represents hope for good  fortune and success in the future.  The bride often chooses the wedding gown to  represent the new item. "Something borrowed" usually comes from a  happily married woman and is thought to lend some of her good fortune and joy to  the new bride. "Something blue" is a symbol of love, fidelity, and  purity of the bride.

Such a cute idea!

What traditions are you incorporating into your wedding?
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