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Wedding Customs from Around the World
Have you ever wondered where some of the wedding customs come from or why we do curtain things at wedding. well here are just a few that we know of, if you know of some others please send them to us and we will add them to this sight to share with others.Â
Something Old, Something New,
Something Borrowed, Something Blue?
The wedding tradition of carrying one or more items that are Something Old, Something, New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, comes from England. There is an old English rhyme describing the practice which also mentions a sixpence in the brides shoe. Something Old, signifying continuity, this could be a piece of lace from your mother's wedding dress, a piece of jewelry, or a grandmother's handkerchief or even wearing a family members wedding dress. Something New, signifying optimism in the future, could be a new pair of panties, garterbelt or your new wedding dress. Something Borrowed, signifying future happiness, could be a handkerchief from happily married relative or friend or even a pair of shoes that were worn by your sister at her wedding. Something Blue, signifying modesty, fidelity and love. This one comes from early Jewish history. In early biblical times, blue not white, symbolizes purity. Both the bride and groom usually wore Something Blue?. Originally the sixpence was presented to the bride by her future husband as a token of his love. Today, very often, it is the bride's father who places a coin in the brides shoe prior to leaving home for the ceremony.
Why do most brides wear a Wedding Veil?
Brightly colored veils were worn in ancient times in many parts of the world and were considered a protection against evil spirits. Greek and Roman brides wore yellow or red veils (representing fire) to ward off evil spirits and demons. At on time, roman brides were completely covered with a red veil for protection.
In early European history, with the advent of arranged marriages veils served another purpose, to prevent the groom from seeing the brides face until the ceremony was over. Brides began to wear opaque yellow veils, not only could the groom not see in, but the bride could not see out! Therefore, the father of the bride had to escort her down the aisle and literally give the bride to the groom.
Nellie Custis, the daughter of Martha Washington, is credited with wearing the first lace veil.
Why we have
Child Attendants in weddings
Children were originally included in the wedding ceremony to add innocence. In modern times it is also a way to allow children of the bride or groom from a previous marriage or relationship to participate and feel important and included in this big day, after all, their lives are about to change as well.
Why do we Toss the Garter?
Back in the 1400?s having a piece of the brides clothingÂ was considered good luck. In order to obtain a piece of theÂ
lucky attire, guests would tear the clothes off the bride. As time went by brides started tossing guests items to keep them from tearing their dress and today it is custom for the bride to toss her bouquet to the single women at the ceremony while the groom tosses her garter to the single men after HE removes it from her leg.
Let Night Moods make your custom garter, Talk to Kathy at 523-1099. Night Moods can even print your names and wedding date on your garter.
You may kiss the bride?
In Roman times a kiss was seen as a legal bond that sealed all contracts, and has become the staple ending of the wedding ceremony.
The origin of the Engagement Ring?
In 860 A.D., Pope Nicholas 1 decreed that an engagement ring would become a required statement of nuptial intent. He insisted that engagement rings had to be made of gold which signified a financial sacrifice on the part of the prospective husband.
Carrying the bride over the threshold.
Traditionally, the bride had to enter her new home the first time through the front door. If she tripped or stumbled while entering it was considered to be very bad luck. If the groom carried her than she couldn't trip. Hence the tradition of the groom carrying the bride over the threshold.
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