Many traditions can be seen in all weddings no matter how big or small. These traditions have become a common thing to do and no one thinks much about them. However some of you may be wondering, how did these weird traditions start? Well here’s how.
White Wedding Dress
Every bride looks forward to walking down that isle in there magnificent white dress but, why a white one? In older times women just wore their best dress whatever color it may be.This changing to white can be traced back to two reasons. The first, dates to Victorian times when Queen Victoria dropped the royal tradition of wearing a silver dress and donned a stunning white one. Before long everybody was wearing them to their wedding. The second reason could be that white represents purity and virginity and white was thought to ward off evil spirits.
After a couple is married many of them are pelted with rice. Now this would seem like a very strange tradition but it is often performed. Many people don;t know why they just do it out of tradition. The reason rice is thrown on the couple is because rice is known as the life giving seed. Throwing rice on them is suppose to help them grow a good relationship and bestow fertility on them so that they may have many children.
Brides On The Left, Grooms On The Right
So why do the bride and groom end up on the same side every time? Now obviously it, like everything else, is just done out of tradition. However this had a very important purpose in Medieval ages. The groom was always on the right because during the weddings his enemies might try and attack his bride. Therefore he needed his right hand free to grab his sword at a moments notice to defend her.
Party Time For The Bride!
Bridal showers have been around for a long time and are one of the funnest parts of a wedding. They however used to have a very important and symbolic meaning. Bridal showers began in Holland and were, as they are today, given by the bride’s friends. When a father didn’t like the man his daughter was marrying, he wouldn’t give her a dowry. Now dowries aren’t around anymore but they used to be a big deal. So the bride could still be married her friends would come together and throw a party. At the party they would shower her with gifts that she could use for her dowry to still marry the man she loved.
Giving The Bride Away
In most cases when the bride walks down the aisle her father walks down with her and gives her away to the groom. This has a pretty bizarre beginning. In medieval times brides were married at early teen ages. Where they were so young they were considered the property of the father. Therefore the father walked down the aisle and gave the property of his daughter to the groom which, doesn’t sound to good for the ladies. Now however, this is practiced to symbolize that the father approves of and blesses the marriage.