Why Do Brides…?

By admin | 27.07.2018 | 0 Comments

We all know the widely followed bridal traditions, but did you ever stop to think why? Well, now you know:

 

Why Do Brides Wear White? 

We might already know the reason behind brides traditionally wearing the white; it symbolises purity and innocence. But did you know it was only when Queen Victoria chose an ivory lace style in 1840, that white wedding dresses to become the fashion. Before then red was the favoured colour for wedding gowns, and white was actually the colour worn for mourning.

 

Why Do Brides Wear Garters?

Although the ‘tossing of the garter’ trend has fallen out of favour with modern brides, the garter tradition dates back to the dark ages, where the wedding guests would follow the newlyweds to their chambers (we’ve all seen the bedding ceremony on Game of Thrones). While helping the couple undress, it would be lucky to get a piece of the bride’s wedding dress – and that’s why brides wear a garter.

 

Why Do Brides Carry Flowers?

This is an ancient tradition, where brides would carry potent smelling herbs and spices to ward off bad spirits. Then in Roman times, both the bride and groom would wear flower garlands signifying new life and hope for fertility. But it’s thought the main reason for a bridal bouquet was for the sweet smell (as bathing was far less frequent back when the tradition began).

 

Why Do Brides Wear A Veil?

The reason behind a woman wearing a veil on her wedding day isn’t exactly crystal clear. In Roman times, a red veil would cover the bride to protect her from evil spirits – the idea was if the demons couldn’t see the brides face, they would be confused… White veils are also said to symbolise the purity of the bride, when lifted by the groom, the marriage is then symbolically consummated. And in Jewish faith, the veil is worn to show the groom wants to marry his bride, not just for her looks (we like this one!).

 

Why Do Brides Have Something Blue?

We’re all familiar with the old English rhyme – ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.’ But why do brides have to wear something blue? While the old stands for continuity, the something new represents optimism for the future, the borrowed item is said to bring borrowed happiness and the blue symbolises purity, love and fidelity.

 

Why Do The Bride’s Parents’ Pay?

Back in olden times (aka before women could provide for themselves), the brides family would pay a dowry to the groom; as he would then be the provider for the bride. But obviously times have changed and now both sides of the family traditionally pay for different parts of the day. The grooms side traditionally cover the marriage licence, boutonnieres, the bride’s bouquet, groomsmen gifts, liquor, and the musical entertainment. The bride’s side cover everything else, including the dress and veil, photographer, all other flowers and decorations and the food.

 

 

 

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