Traditionally, bridesmaids dressed identically to the bride to protect against evil spirits, a common concern back in the day. So when all dressed the same it was believed to act as a decoy and divert them away.
The tradition of not seeing one another before the ceremony is quickly fading with the ‘first-look’ trend. The tradition originated when marriages were arranged - fearing the bride or groom would break off the wedding if they met beforehand. Unless you’re superstitious, consider spending time together before your ‘I do’s’ - go for breakfast, do an activity with your bridal party, or get ready together. After all, it’s your wedding day so it should be spent together.
For centuries cake toppers were a traditional symbol for married couples. The origin of this tradition are a bit fuzzy, however, most say a bakers’ daughter asked her dad to create a symbol of the love between her and the groom - and the cake topper was born. This tradition has quickly faded as couples opt for cake alternatives, such as a champagne tower, donut wall, piñata, or sweets table.
It’s believed bridal showers originated in The Netherlands in the 16th century when the bride’s family could not financially support her, or when the father of the bride refused to provide a dowry because he did not approve of the marriage. Today bridal showers are still common where the bride’s family and close friends shower her with well wishes, love, and gifts. Wedding showers are also gaining popularity to be more inclusive of all those involved.
Back in ancient times it was believed that the ‘vena amoris’, a Latin name meaning ‘vein of love’, connects the ring finger to the heart. Although we now know this isn’t valid - it’s still one of the most commonly used traditions.
Back in the day, many believed veils would disguise a bride from evil spirits as she walked down the aisle. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria wore a square Honiton lace veil at her wedding in 1940 that it became a popular accessory for brides. However, many brides today still use a veil to signify an special meaning.
There are plenty of reasons to believe that rain on your wedding day will bring luck. Some say it’s a sign of a lasting marriage as a wet knot is harder to untie. Others say rain waters the ground, signifying fertility. Or it’s the cleansing of your past as the rain washes away bad memories and makes way for a fresh start. So grab your umbrellas and soak in all the good luck!
The mantra started as a Victorian-era rhyme that came out of the English country Lancashire. Something old: to ward off the evil eye and protect any future children.
Something new: offers hope and optimism for the future.
Something borrowed: brings good luck and symbolizes borrowed happiness.
Something blue: stands for love, purity and fidelity which the Old English considered three key qualities for a solid marriage.
Before printed press was invented, weddings were announced by the town crier and anyone who heard was welcome to attend. Newspapers started to be used in the 1600s where the wealthier, literate class would print their wedding announcements in their local paper.
Bridal bouquets as we know them today started in the Victorian age. Back then writers and scholars applied meaning to flora - this is also known as ‘florigraphy’ or ‘the language of flowers’. Back then, brides carefully those flower arrangements based on their meaning. Today we often choose flowers based on design and colour, but perhaps consider including florals that best represent your journey together.
The tradition of tossing rice at newlyweds goes back centuries. Ancient Romans would shower the newlyweds with wheat, symbolizing fertility of crops and for the couple. By the Middle Ages, wheat was replaced with rice. This tradition has evolved as rice is often replaced with bubbles, sparklers, or biodegradable confetti to wish the couple good fortune, a prosperous marriage, and children if they desire. Check with your venue to see what’s permitted!