Wedding Bells

by Amanda Lanum

June is a popular wedding month... and since I'm newly engaged, all things wedding are top of the mind. So if you've ever wondered where some familiar wedding rituals came from, here are a few explanations from Carley Rone, editor of theknot.com, a wedding-planning website, as told to Albert & Rooney.

The traditional white color of the wedding gown is popular because "in
ancient Roman times, white was a color of celebration," Roney said. "The tradition of the
bride and groom not seeing each other on their wedding day comes from the ancient
tradition of the bride not showing her face to the groom at all before the wedding."

Carrying the bride over the threshold -- An ancient superstition held that evil spirits collected on the threshold of the new home waiting to invade the bride through the soles of her feet, a disaster that could be avoided if she entered in her husband's arms.

The bride's veil -- The centuries-old practice of hiding the bride's face was intended to preserver her modesty. Romans covered the bride in yellow cloth.

Groomsmen -- These friends of the groom have been present at weddings since ancient times, when brides were often captured by force and the new husband needed allies to help him fend off her family.

The bridal train -- The long trailing train on gowns dates back to the Middle Ages when the higher the bride's social standing, the longer the material she dragged down the aisle.

Throwing rice -- Grains were thought in ancient times to symbolize fertility, so scattering them over the bridal couple ensured they'd have many children.

The wedding ring -- Its circular shape is believed to symbolize endless love, Ancient Egyptians began the tradition of placing it on the third finger of the left hand because they believed that the vein in that finger ran directly to the heart.

Tossing the bouquet -- Centuries ago, wedding guests would tear at the bride's flowers and clothes to share her happiness, so the bride tossed her bouquet to ensure she got away in one piece.

Tossing the garter -- The scramble for the bride's garter dates back to a medieval tradition in which wedding guests invaded the bridal chamber to steal the bride's stockings for good luck. To avoid this calamity, a groom tossed the garter to his friends.

 

Do you have any wedding traditions symbolic to your family? Or maybe something incredibly out of the box you've seen or done. Do share!

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