There are many old wedding traditions that some couples follow, but where did these originate from? What do they really mean, and are they relevant for today’s society? Read on to find out a few things you may not know about wedding traditions and customs!
Something old, something new
Originating from an old English rhyme, this famous saying describes four objects a bride should add to her wedding outfit as good luck charms for her special day.
The original saying is as follows;
“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”
Generally, these tokens of love are traditionally from your mother, sister or other close relatives and each symbolise something different. Something old represent continuity, and the hope for stability; something new is a nod to the future and the happiness it will bring. Something borrowed symbolises borrowed happiness and virtue, while something blue stands for love and fidelity. Finally, a sixpence in your shoe, which is probably the most bizarre addition, is a wish for good fortune and luck. This is a very British specific custom and is sometimes left out of the equation in other cultures.
Put a ring on it
Engagement and wedding rings are a strong tradition that many still adopt. It’s pretty common knowledge that these are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, but do you know why? It is because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the wedding veil protected the bride from evil spirits, and so brides have incorporated veils into their wedding outfits ever since. The actual of the groom lifting the veil is part of an ancient ritual, symbolising the groom taking ‘possession’ of his wife as a lover or as his ‘property’. It can also represent the ‘reveal’ of the bride to the groom for his approval prior to the marriage. Some modern brides do not follow this tradition any longer as it is quite outdated but it’s really a question of preference.
Eternally bound to each other
In various cultures such as Hindu, Celtic and Egyptian weddings, the hands of the bride and groom are literally tied together as they ‘tie the knot’. This represents how they are eternally committed to each other after they have been wed and have created this new, everlasting bond.