Check out some of the all-time favorite wedding day traditions in this week’s blog!
The Garter Belt Toss
There are two theories behind this time-honored tradition of the garter belt toss. Having a piece of the wedding dress was believed to bring good luck, leading to wedding guests essentially attacking the bride to rip off a piece of her gown. YIKES and NO THANK YOU. Brides later began wearing a specific article of clothing to be given out as the lucky piece: the garter. PHEW! Another theory – family and friends would take the garter as proof of consummation.
In Italian tradition, five almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.
In Middle Eastern tradition, these cute candies are considered an aphrodisiac!
In Greek tradition, these candy almonds are bagged in odd numbers and are served on a silver tray. Odd numbers are indivisible, symbolizing how the newlyweds will share everything and remain undivided.
Trivia Tip: Also according to Greek tradition, if an unmarried woman puts these almonds under her pillow, she’ll dream of her future husband.
Father Giving Away The Bride
In the case of an arranged marriage of a bride and groom, the bride was considered their father’s property in which he was giving her away to the groom. Over the years, this tradition has remained, along with some fantastic alternatives to accommodate the couple’s preference!
“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence In Your Shoe”
There’s no doubt you have heard this before. But what does it mean? Let’s break it down!
Something old represents continuity; something new means a positive outlook on the future; something borrowed is a symbol of borrowed happiness; and something blue symbolizes fidelity, purity, and love. A sixpence in your shoe is of British influence. This timeless saying is a tradition where small charms are given and carried before walking down the aisle.
The Wedding Cake
In Ancient Rome, bread was broken over the bride’s head to bring good fortune to the couple. In Medieval England, cakes were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over.
The veil covers the face and hair of the bride-to-be, symbolizing the reference of virginity thereafter.
Many many moons ago, newly married couples drank fermented wine made from mead and honey for a month (the duration of a moon’s cycle) following their wedding.