Throwing your own wedding or attending someone else’s are a part of everyone’s lives. We’ve all see the classic traditions and landmark events that occur and surround a wedding; things like bridesmaid dresses, the bouquet toss, giving away a bride and so on, but the question is, do we know where these staples originated from or why we do them? The history, superstition and folklore behind some of these traditions might surprise you!
Here are five different traditions I just learned about that I find fascinating and would like to share:
Does anyone know why we wear them? To make sure the bride is the most beautiful woman of the big day! That’s what you’re going to say, am I right? Not so much… Dating back from the earliest traditions, bridesmaids originally dressed identically to the bride! Isn’t that crazy? The thought behind it was so the bride had lookalikes so they can confuse any evil or malevolent spirits that intended harm to the bride. During Victorian times, bridesmaids started to sport shorter veils to differentiate themselves from the bride and when the fear of evil spirits died down in society, commercial dyed become more readily available, giving birth to the colored bridesmaid dress.
The Ring Finger
Why do we wear our engagement rings and wedding bands on the left ring finger? Anybody know? I didn’t. The ancient Romans believed that it contained the “vein of love,” the vein that ran directly to the heart. So romantic.
The Wedding Toast
This is a French tradition. According to legend, bread would be placed in the bottom of the newlyweds drinking glasses and they would drink as fast as they can. Whoever would get to their toast first and be crowned the winner, were said to rule their household. Ladies Drink up!
This has English roots. Female guests would rip and tear at the brides dress and flowers to obtain a take home souvenir of some of the brides’ good luck. To escape the crowd of guest picking at her dress and flowers, she would toss her bouquet and run away during the reception!
Why it’s the romantic getaway after our wedding called a honeymoon? The name comes from the tradition that stems from both the from Norse and Ancient Teutonic people (or Germans) which doesn’t have anything really to do with a vacation, but what was drank after the wedding.
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