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The Answers Behind Some Common Wedding Traditions

bridesouthBy Margaret Gilchrist – Wedding Venues in Charlotte NC

The basis of superstition is a need for control or certainty even if it is a false certainty. Even in situations where one is completely prepared as best as possible, there is still an uncertainty of things occurring beyond one’s control. Traditions based on superstitions provide people with a certain level of comfort knowing that they have done one more thing to ensure the outcome that they are expecting.

Tradition 1: Something old; Something new; Something borrowed; Something Blue; Place a sixpence in her shoe.

Something old reflects the desire of the couple to keep connections with their families after their marriage.

Something new symbolizes the creation of a new union that will endure forever and looking to the future for health, happiness and success.

Something borrowed allows the bride’s family or friends an opportunity to lend something special as a token of their love.

Something blue is a symbol of fidelity and constancy.

A silver sixpence in her shoe will bring her a life filled with good fortune.

Tradition 2: Tossing of the bride’s bouquet and garter started as a distraction for the wedding guests. During Medieval times, it was considered lucky to get a piece of the bride’s dress so after the ceremony; many of the guests would rip pieces of the dress. Presently, the bouquet and garter are tossed to the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes and the ones that catch them are said to get married next (not necessarily to each other!).

Tradition 3: The groom is not to see the bride until after the wedding. This custom came about during the time of arranged marriages. The father of the bride feared that if the groom found the girl unattractive that he may call off the wedding shaming the bride and her family. Presently, many believe that it make the day more exciting and memorable.

Tradition 4: Wearing of the veil started in ancient Rome, where the bride wore a veil down the aisle to protect her from evil spirits and the “evil eye” that would be jealous of her happiness.

Tradition 5: Chiming wedding bells were a tradition of Irish weddings to keep evil spirits away and to ensure a harmonious family life.

Tradition 6: Wedding dresses should be white. Actually, before Queen Victoria in the 19th century donned the first white wedding dress, brides wore their best dress and used an old poem that was passed down through the ages:

Married in white, you will have chosen right

Married in grey, you will go far away

Married in black, you will wish yourself back

Married in red, you will wish yourself dead

Married in blue, you will always be true

Married in pearl, you’ll live in a whirl

Married in green, you’re ashamed to be seen

Married in yellow, you’re ashamed of your fellow

Married in brown, you’ll live out of town

Married in pink, your spirits will sink.

Most modern brides choose white dresses and then select a color scheme based on their favorite colors. The most important thing to remember is that on that day you are front and center, so be sure that whatever your choices are that you feel confident and beautiful…then you will glow regardless!