It’s June again, and that means weddings, weddings and more weddings! I adore weddings. I think it’s so fun how each one I have gone to is unique and tailor made to fit the bride and groom’s personality and style. I am currently helping a good friend with her August wedding and it’s so exciting to be behind the scenes, helping plan all the small details. My friend and I were discussing all the different wedding customs and traditions and we wondered where some of them originated. Here are some of our favorites:
- Carrying the bride over the threshold: Actually, we found several answers for this one! Two of our favorites were: To protect the bride from evil spirits and to prevent the bride from tripping on the way into her new home, as this is considered bad luck and can lead to a bad marriage.
- The bouquet toss: In the olden days, it was considered lucky to touch the bride and people who were over zealous, in attempts to get some of her luck, would rip and tear at her dress, flowers, veil etc. To ward off the crowd, the bride threw her bouquet and ran off with her new husband.
- Giving away of the bride: Back in the day of arranged marriages, the father of the bride quite literally ‘gave away’ his daughter in exchange for a piece of property or other valuable.
- Throwing rice/bird seed at the newly married couple: Back in the medieval times, rice was a symbol of fertility. Wedding guests would throw rice at the newly married couple to bring them good luck and many children.
- Tying cans/shoes to the newlywed’s car: There are a bunch of theories for this one too! Some say that it’s to ward off evil spirits. Others believe that during the early days, the bride’s father gave all of her old shoes to her new husband, to show that he was no longer responsible for her and that title now fell onto her new husband.
- Why Brides and Grooms stay apart the night before the wedding: Again, it has to do with luck. It is considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. It’s also a symbol of getting ready to start your new life, by having the last night of your old lives apart.
All superstitions aside, weddings are a beautiful event – big or small – and I’m so excited to be able to be there for my friend’s big day. Luckily I won’t have to go far to get them a gift, as we have some great wedding gifts here at GiftTree!