Weddings can be a magical time. There are some people that have been planning their dream weddings for as long as they can remember. Weddings actually require a great deal of planning and compromise, which can be very stressful. Weddings are also events that are so rich in tradition, some of which vary depending on cultures and belief systems, though some ceremonies stick to the same format. Today we will take a look at some of these traditions and explain the very significance behind them.
The Sand Ceremony
While this has recently been a popular choice for weddings, especially for those with blended families, it has been a tradition in certain cultures for quite some time. This ceremony, similar to that of a unity candle, is used to represent the blending of two people (or more, if children from the couple or their previous relationships are involved) into one life together. It is hard to separate the sand just as it would be hard to separate the bond of this new family.
The Wedding Cake
The cake is a centerpiece to the wedding, which is why it takes so much time and effort to pick the perfect one. This tradition has roots that go all the way back to the medieval times, where guests to weddings would bring small cakes for the bride and groom to enjoy. After the guests placed their gifted cakes down for the bride and groom, they newlywed couple would attempt to kiss over them to be granted prosperity in their future. Cakes that were stacked did not exist until 1882. Finding the right wedding caterer can ensure that your wedding cake will not disappoint.
Giving Away the Bride
This is a sweet tradition today, where the bride is escorted down the aisle and given away to the groom. Back then this was where the bride was given over as property from her father to her groom as part of a business transaction that typically involved a dowry.
Some couples opt for rice or bubbles while some choose other options that may include not having anything tossed at them. This tradition began during pagan weddings, where this act was a symbol of fertility. The Victorian Era moved to use paper instead of rice, though all of the above are used today.
Bridesmaids as Protectors
Today, bridesmaids are the ones who throw you parties and help you use the bathroom on the wedding day. However, the tradition of having bridesmaids actually began in the Roman times. Brides would have 10 women witnesses that were dressed up just like them. They would serve as decoys for the bride, protecting her from evil spirits that would want to harm her on her big day.
Wedding favors were originally handed out in the 16th century Europe as a way to show off their wealth and thank their guests. In the Victorian Era, the couple would hand out these gifts as a sign of good luck for their guests.
Veils were originally used to help the bride ward off the evil spirits on her wedding day during the Roman times. The Victorians made veils a sign of status, with the longest and most ornate veils being a sign of status.
Money in Your Shoe
A coin in your shoe was a tradition that you may not have been familiar with. This is supposed to symbolize future prosperity.