Have you ever wondered WHY we do these little traditions at weddings? Like, The Confetti shot (my favourite) or why we have a cake, wear something blue, or even why the wedding ring goes on the left hand??? Well I did today, so I looked it up! Here is what I found. Enjoy!
**Weddings are steeped in age old traditions that carry on down the years. And whether you are the superstitious type or not, you can’t help but observe a few of them when it comes to tying the knot. After all, what self-respecting bride would consider walking down the aisle without something old, new, borrowed and blue? Some date back hundreds of years and have their roots in ancient superstitious beliefs - covering everything from why brides traditionally stand on the left during the marriage ceremony to the significance of throwing confetti. Here are a few traditions and what they mean:
Throwing confetti over newlyweds symbolises a “fruitful” union. Small pieces of coloured paper have replaced grain and rice - pagans believed the fertility of the seeds would be transferred to the couple.
(I like to give my brides the best possible start with my confetti shots!)
Old, new, borrowed, blue
This dates back to Victorian times and the full saying goes “something old, new, borrowed, blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe.”
The old refers to wearing something that represents a link with the bride’s family and her old life.
Wearing something new represents good fortune and success in her new life.
Something borrowed is meant to bring good luck to the marriage.
Something blue dates back to biblical times when the colour was considered to represent purity and fidelity.
Placing a silver sixpence in the bride’s left shoe is a symbol of wealth - not just financially but also a wealth of happiness and joy throughout her married life.
The Brides Bouquet
During the 15th century, people took their yearly baths in May and would generally get married in June. Just to be safe, brides carried bouquets to mask the smell of body odor.
Carrying over the threshold
The groom carries his bride over the threshold when they enter their home for the first time as a married couple.
One reason for this dates back to Roman times when it was believed bad luck would follow if the bride stumbled.
(I Don't have a picture of this, anyone of my brides want to send me one?)
The ring finger
Rings are worn on the third finger of the left hand because the finger follows the vena amoris - the vein of love that runs directly to the heart.
Why the bride stands on the left
The origin of this dates back to when a groom would capture his intended by kidnapping her. If he had to fight off other would be suitors, holding her with his left hand allowed his right to remain free to use his sword.
This tradition has evolved into giving each guest five sugared almonds which symbolise health, wealth, fertility, happiness and long life.
Traditionally white to symbolise the innocence and purity of the bride. The veil serves to hide the bride’s beauty and ward off evil spirits.
It is good luck to eat wedding cake - it symbolises fertility and brings good fortune to all who eat it. Sending cake to those unable to attend the wedding is a gesture of sharing good luck. Faithfulness and sharing are symbolised by the bride and groom cutting the first slice together.
So there you go! Interesting huh! So instead of just doing them because it's "The Traditional thing to do" You will have a sense of purpose and pride in doing them for each other. I would like to add I have not come across a smelly bride yet ;0)
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