5 Wedding Traditions with Surprising Origins
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The only thing that goes more hand in hand than weddings and traditions is the couple themselves. However, have you ever stopped to think where some of these practices came from? The origins of some popular wedding traditions may be a bit more unusual than you think. Whether you’re doing research for your big day or just finding yourself growing increasingly curious, read on and I bet at least one will surprise you. (They certainly surprised me!)
Wearing a Bridal Veil
According to this article by Martha Stewart Weddings, one origin for the tradition of wearing a bridal veil at a wedding dates all the way back to Ancient Rome where it was used to keep the bride safe from evil spirits by disguising her face. As you’ll see, the theme of keeping away evil spirits on your wedding comes up fairly often in these historical traditions.
Similar to the veil, this article from Southern Living states that the bouquet also began with the Ancient Greeks. Back then, the bundle included herbs and spices. Why? To ward off more evil spirits of course! If you are more interested in style than safety from spirits, why not check out this blog with some of our favorite bouquets at NOAH’S Event Venue?
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Michelle Darrisaw, who wrote the Southern Living article cites the origins of this phrase and wedding tradition to the Victorian Era. She states, “the ‘something old’ was worn to connect the bride to her past… with the ‘something new’ signifying that she was about to start her own new family…” The article goes on to explain that the borrowed item was supposed to bring luck to the newlyweds by incorporating something from another happily married couple. Finally, as this Personal Creations article supports, the color blue was a symbol of purity and fidelity.
Tiered Wedding Cakes
We’ve seen so many stunning, larger than life wedding cakes here at NOAH’S Event Venue. But what is the origin of this wedding tradition? According to Maise Fantaisie and Buzzfeed, one possible origin could be a game from Medieval England. Guests would stack buns in front of the couple as tall as possible and then the newlyweds would attempt to kiss over the top of it. If they were successful, it meant luck and prosperity. (Finally, a tradition with a genuinely cute beginning!)
Enso Rings writes that evidence of exchanging rings to symbolize a union can be found in Egyptian scrolls that are over 3,000 years old! Unlike the common metallic rings of today, these early bands tended to be braided reeds or even leather or bone. However, they state that the symbolism of a circle to represent a never-ending love was present even all the way back then! So sweet!
No matter their origins, we love to see couples bring their own unique twists to the classic wedding traditions or even start their own! We would love to be a part of your love story! Our venue offers stunning, customizable rooms for your wedding celebration. Visit NOAHSEventVenue.com to find the closest venue near you!