Top 10 Wedding Traditions: Why Do We Do That?

 

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Have you ever wondered why your wedding ring sits on your left hand? Or why the bride is supposed to throw her wedding bouquet? What about the old saying of wearing something blue – where did that come from?

Yeah, we wondered too!

While some couples choose to make their wedding unique, others choose to celebrate with rich tradition. No matter what your wedding taste, we thought it’d be fun to explore the origins of some of the more common wedding traditions we are accustomed to.

  1. Having a specific finger designated to wear your ring: It is said that this finger has the vein of love
  2. The bride throws the bouquet: It is said that a bride is deemed lucky on their wedding day. So the act of throwing the bouquet is done so to pass on her good fortune.
  3. The bride wears something blue: It is said that blue symbolizes purity and fidelity, and thereby proves the bride’s worthiness (I wonder how the originators of this tradition would react knowing that many brides choose a garter as their something blue!)
  4. The bride wears a veil: It is said that the veil will help ward off evil spirits by disguising the bride.
  5. The wedding party dresses the same: Apparently evil spirits are highly intelligent, as this act was also meant to confuse them away from the bride.
  6. The bride stands on the left of the groom: To be able to protect his bride, the groom must have his right arm free (I feel bad for those poor left-handers).
  7. The groom throws the garter: This is one of my favorites – It is said that this is done by the groom to distract guests in keeping their hands off the bride.
  8. Carrying the bride over the threshold: Apparently some poor grooms used to steal their brides from their tribes, and the brides put up a fight by kicking and screaming. What’s a groom to do but carry her?
  9. Cutting of the wedding cake: The act of cutting the cake together is meant to symbolize the happy couple’s shared future together.
  10. The bride wears white: Apparently white wedding gowns were made popular by Queen Victoria in the 1800′s. So the white wedding dress came to symbolize royalty.

There you have it – our top 10 wedding traditions and the background behind them. It seems though that there are traditions for every aspect of your wedding day.

What are some of the traditions you and your fiancé will be including in your wedding day? Let us know by commenting below!

 

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