Tying the Knot - Wedding Traditions and Supersitions

Wednesday, August 12, 2015



Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold

Western Europeans believed that a bride who tripped over the threshold would bring bad luck to her home and her marriage.  That's why the groom carries the bride into their new home.

The Veil

In ancient Greece and Rome, people thought a veil would protect a bride from evil spirits.

The Bouquet

In ancient times, brides carried bouquets made of pungent herbs and spices to ward off eveil spirits.  But, they would also carry aromatic bouquets to cover odour as bathing was a rare activity!

The Bride on the Left

In the past, a groom needed his right hand free to fight off potential bride-napping suitors on his wedding day.  That's why the brides stand to the their grooms' left.

The Wedding Ring Finger

Ancient Romans believed that the vein in the ring finger of the left hand led to the heart, and that by placing the ring on the fourth finger of the left hand, it as a direct line to their beloved's heart.

Wearing White

Queen Victoria started the trend of wearing a white wedding dress back in 1840 when she married Prince Albert because she felt it represented purity and innocence.

Tossing The Garter

Long ago, it was believed that if an unmarried woman owned a piece of the bride's wedding dress, it would bring her good luck.  To keep the dress intact, brides started tossing garters and bouquets instead

The Wedding Cake

In ancient Greece, the bride and groom would eat cakes of sesame seeds to ensure fertility. The tradition has carried on in the form of the cakes we see today.

Tying the Knot

The term "tying the knot" originated in Medieval Europe where the Clets would tie a couple's hands together with rope symbolizing that they were bound to each other forever.

The Bridal Shower

The bridal shower originated when a bride's family could not afford the dowry for her marriage. The bridesmaids would gift the bride with presents so that she would have enough wealth for the dowry.

The Bachelor Party

The bachelor party actually started in Sparta, when soldiers would indulge in a night of revelry before a wedding.

The Honeymoon

When months were measured in lunar cycles, a newlywed couple would escape for one cycle and drink honey wine or mead - hence the term "honeymoon".

Something Old and Something New

Based on an old English rhyme, the four objects that the bride carries with her are simply charms for good luck. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; and something blue stnads for purity, love and fidelity.

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