Fun Wedding Traditions!

2 Dec

Say “I do” to these fun wedding facts!

– Hate spiders? Finding one in your wedding dress is a sign of good luck according to old English folklore.

– Wearing gloves on your big day? Greek culture believe that tucking a sugar cube into them will sweeten the marriage.

– Ever wondered why the groom is supposed to carry you over the threshold after you wed? To protect you from evil spirits lurking below.. Awww! 😉

– Who wants it to rain on their big day? If it does, don´t be disappointed, it´s a sign of good luck according to Hindu tradition.

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– Wondered how the tradition of carrying the bouquet came about? Early Roman brides carried a bunch of herbs, such as garlic and rosemary, under their veils to symbolize fertility and fidelity to ward off evil. This is thought to have then been carried and so a precursor to the modern bouquet (and much nicer smelling I´d guess!).

– White is the color of mourning in Eastern cultures, so white wedding dresses are uncommon.

– In the 18th century brides didn´t wear wedding dresses anyway, they just wore their Sunday best. Red was a favorite color during the Middle Ages in Europe and other colors were worn for symbolic reasons; blue meant consistence and green, youth. Queen Victoria wore the first wedding dress in 1840. It became the fashion to wear white as a sign of wealth. Years later, white was worn as a symbol of purity and it´s become a tradition!

– Ever wanted to bathe in milk? In Morocco, brides take a bath in milk before their wedding to purify themselves.

– Why is it called a “Honeymoon”? Because the first weddings were a groom capturing his bride.. He would take her somewhere and hide her away so her relatives couldn´t find her. They stayed away for one moon phrase and drank mead (a wine made from honey) to make them more amorous, hence the word “Honeymoon”!

– In English folklore, if you get married on a Monday it stands for wealth and on a Tuesday for health. Saturday was considered to be a bad day to get married, it brings bad luck, and yet, it´s the favourite day to get married nowadays!

– In Sweden, the bride to be places a gold coin from her mother in one shoe and a silver coin from her father in the other. This is supposed to ensure their daughter never goes without.

– Hoping to ward off the evil eye? Middle Eastern brides paint their hands with Henna.

– In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds house as a symbol of fertility and luck.

– The something blue is a sign of love, fidelity and purity.

– The term “tie the knot” originated in Roman times. The bride wore a girdle on her wedding day that was tied in knots. The groom had to untie the knots after the wedding, of course.

– Thinking of skipping the veil? It was originally worn to symbolize her youth and virginity. Veils also hid the bride from jealous spirits and or the evil eye. They were red, blue or yellow in the past, the modern white veil became popular during the Victorian era like the white dress, as a sign of purity and modesty.

– Rings are worn on the fourth finger on the left hand because during ancient times, it was thought that a vein in that finger was attached directly to the heart…

I don´t know about you, but reading this has made me want to follow tradition! 😉

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