10 Wedding Traditions Explained

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10 wedding Traditions Explained

Here are our 10 Great Wedding Traditions Explained:

  1. How the ‘Ring Finger’ gets its name. Tradition dictates that you wear your Wedding Ring on your 4th finger on your left hand as it is the only finger that has a vein that leads directly to your heart.
  2. The Bridal Shower finds its origins in Holland. A legend states that once a Bride’s father did not approve of her husband to be. In an attempt to scupper the wedding he refused to provide any dowry. The Bride’s friends came to her aid by showering her with gifts, providing for her the necessary dowry to marry the man of her choice
  3. The Bachelor party or ‘Stag Do’ as now called in modern parlance, was once referred to as the ‘Bachelor Dinner’. Dating back to the Roman times, men would gather for a feast and toast their comrade on the eve of their wedding. Many a time after the feasting and drinking they the Groom would go and kidnap the Bride
  4. The white wedding dress tradition was believed to be started by Queen Victoria in 1840 up until this point brides would simply wear their very best dress for the ceremony.
  5. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that wearing a veil would help protect the Bride from evil spirits. The veil also symbolises a bride’s virginity, modesty and purity. In Roman times the veil was much longer and used to cover the bride from head to toe
  6. Weddings are full of traditions, for example: It is traditional for a bride to wear ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue’. This saying originates from an Old English rhyme. Something Old symbolises Continuity – Something New symbolises Optimism for the future – Something Borrowed symbolises Happiness – Something Blue symbolises Purity, Love and Fidelity
  7. Having matching bridesmaid dresses is a tradition that dates back to Roman times. It was generally believed that evil spirits would attend the wedding to curse the Bride and Groom. Bridesmaids would act as a distraction for the spirits wearing a similar dress to the bride in order to confuse them, therefore bringing only good luck to the happy couple.
  8. The tradition of Groomsmen come from a primitive time. Bachelors would seek out and capture a bride from a neighbouring village when there was a short supply of women in their own village Groomsmen would help their friend kidnap his bride to be. They would act like a small army plundering a village fighting off the bride’s angry family. Ushers and the Best man would stand guard at the wedding to protect the Groom from the Bride’s family. Just like Bridesmaids, Groomsmen would dress in a similar way to the Groom to confuse the evil spirits.
  9. Not being able to see the bride before the wedding is a tradition that comes from the time where the Bride’s father would sell his daughter to the groom. It was very important that the Bride was kept away from the Groom. Thus making sure he didn’t run away if he did not like the look of his new bride.
  10. In tradition the Bride’s Father giving his daughter away at the ceremony  symbolises the transfer of ownership of his daughter to her new husband. The Guests act as a witnesses to the contract being made. Nowadays, the ‘giving away’ has more significance as the father gives his daughter away to the man who will love and protect her, as he did.