Many cultures have a numerous number of traditions that take place at weddings. In this blog we explore some to the traditions from here in the UK - so many things that we now see as the norm as part of a wedding, but where do they come from!?
Where to stand during the ceremony.
According to tradition, the bride should be stood to the left of the groom during the wedding ceremony, so that his sword arm would be free - he must be ready to fight off any other men who wish to marry his bride. That would make for an interesting ceremony!
A silver sixpence in her shoe.
A sixpence would be placed in the brides shoe, as this will supposedly bring her both financial wealth and wealth in happiness as she enters into the marriage.
Giving wedding gifts to the couple.
This initially began as a guests giving fruits to the newly weds, as this was believed to help fertility. As we become less concerned with making sure every couple has a baby straight away, the tradition has changed from fruits to useful gifts!
This is another one aimed at improving fertility of the happy couple! Traditionally, you would throw rice or grain as this was believed to be good for fertility. Over more recent years this has transitioned to confetti and petals - which we should all make sure is biodegradable of course!
Carrying the bride over the threshold.
Traditionally, the groom would carry the bride over the threshold of their new home, in aim of protecting her from any evil spirits that may be lurking there.
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
Perhaps one of the most well known traditions, but what does each part of this rhyme represent?
Something old - This is the link between the bride and her families past
Something new - Symbolises success and good fortune as the bride starts the new part of her life
Something borrowed - This is to show that the brides friends and family will still be there to help her
Something blue - In biblical times the colour blue represented purity, so this symbolises loyalty and faithfulness