Regularly attending weddings makes us fully aware of how the bride, the bridegroom and all those who are involved in the ceremony would behave before, during, and after the wedding. Certain details such as the bride wearing a veil, the carrying of a bouquet, how the bride stands on the left side of the bridegroom, the garter toss, and everything else all seems so repetitive that leave us little from wondering where and how they all started.
In reality, many of these wedding traditions that we see today are the result of age-old beliefs and superstitions which are still influential to the practices that are seen in a modern wedding ceremony. So if you are planning to get married, understanding more of these traditions and superstitions in a wedding can help in making the occasion a more pleasant and meaningful experience.
The Wearing Of Bridal Veil
In ancient times, the Romans and Greeks believed that wearing a veil is a way to keep the bride protected from evil spirits who may be lurking in the wedding with the plan to curse the newlyweds.
Furthermore, many religions regard the wearing of the veil as a way for the couple to show humility and respect before God as part of the religious ceremony.
The Flower Bouquet
In the past, brides used to carry a bundle of garlic, dill, and other herbs which was believed to drive the evil spirits away. Eventually, these aromatic herbs were replaced with fresh flowers as inspired by the wedding between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert wherein fresh flowers were used in the bouquet.
Stand To The Left
The practice of the bride standing to the left of the bridegroom originated from bygone days when the bridegroom needed his right hand to be free in order for him to easily fight off his rivals.
Traditionally, brides would simply wear their best dress as their wedding dress. The practice of wearing a white wedding dress was started when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had their wedding in 1840. Since then, the wearing of white gown became the norm. Moreover, the color white represents purity although tradition shows that this is represented by the color blue.
From Engagement Ring To Wedding Ring
According to some historical sources, it was the Egyptians and the Romans who were the first ones to use wedding rings. In the 12th century, a pope made a decree that weddings shall be held in church while brides would have to receive rings. There was also a decree on extending the time between engagement and marriage which heightened the interest in engagement rings.
Dressing Up The Bridesmaids
Bridesmaid fashion, based on the earliest tradition, revolved around dressing the bridesmaids as identical as possible to the bride. The purpose was to protect the bride from any troublesome spirits in the area by making it difficult or confusing for them to locate or find the bride out of all the bridesmaids.
Walk Down The Aisle With Me Daddy
In the past, it used to be that only the bride’s father can walk his daughter down the aisle to form part of that wedding march when he’s giving his daughter away to the man she is going to marry. At present, even the mother can join and walk down the aisle along with the father and their daughter. Any loved one or significant family member can also walk the bride down the aisle depending on the circumstances.