(Closed) Wedding Traditions and Folklore–NEED HELP!

posted 7 years ago in Traditions
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Covering the bride’s face with a veil. I’m sure there is some reason behind that. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

A sixpence in the shoe, I think that’s one for luck.

 

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

the bride’s parents pay for the wedding

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Saving yourself for your wedding night

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The bridesmaids were to confuse evil spirits or something like that. The groom and bride stand at the alter in the position that they do so the grooms sword hand was free to fight off other suitors.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The bouquet is also a tradition. I read once that they were used long ago to cover up the smell of body odor, since people 150 years ago did not have the same hygiene that we do today (nor were shampoos, soaps, perfumes widely available like they are now). Not sure if this is true, but I thought it was interesting!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Somewhere the bride and wedding party march through the town

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s also considered bad luck to give knives as a gift, because it means that the relationship will be severed. To combat this, when giving knives people will tape a penny to the gift so that the receiver can then buy the knives with that penny.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Tossing the bouquet

Cake cutting/feeding each other

The honeymoon (I think there’s some history behind how this concept started)

I think there’s also a superstition that it’s bad luck to talk at the wedding about the couple having children – but not totally – I heard this one once.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

“Jumping the broom” — for many African-American weddings. There’s a long history there having to do with slavery, the fact that owners refused to honor marriage commitments, etc. One of the first things that many former slaves did upon emancipation was seek to have their marriages officially solemnized.

Breaking a glass — at the end of Jewish weddings. The meaning of the chuppah. There’s also a wonderful post on WB that addresses the mikvah, or ritual bath. Also, Jewish weddings also often have a period directly afterwards where the bride and groom spend time together alone, eat their first meal together, etc.

Unity candles, tapping the glasses at the wedding to have the new couple kiss, throwing rice at the new couple as they walk out of the church…

This will be a fun project! Depending on how long your project is supposed to be, you may end up needing to narrow your topic just to deal with a particular group of traditions — ie, those intended to ensure fertility, those intended to ensure a happy life for the couple, those intended to avert bad luck….etc. But I’ll take off the professor hat now. 🙂

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