Post # 17
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.
I just re-read what I posted and realized part of it is kind of unintelligible. I meant “not totally sure about this.” 😛
Post # 18
FLOWERS. I just read last night brides started carrying bouquets because they took their yearly baths in May and got married in June.. and it was to cover the smell…
I’m not sure if that’s what you’re looking for but it supremely grossed me out.
Post # 19
For Chinese: avoiding the #4 because it sounds like death but going with the #8 because of some kind of luck.
The tea ceremony in most asian cultures to pay respects to ancestors and the elders.
Post # 20
A handfasting ceremony is a celtic tradition where the officiant ties the hands of the couple together and says a blessing. This is done with a scrap of the grooms family tartan (the plaid fabric kilts are made of) which is also pinned to the bride to symbolize her becoming one with the groom’s family (like a visual symbol of her name change).
The blusher (veil to cover the bride’s face). Some say that the veil was introduced in ancient Rome. People of that era believed that evil spirits would be attracted to the bride, so they covered her face with a veil in order to conceal her features and confuse them. The definition of veil is to “obscure, shroud, mask or cover, so perhaps that is how the bridal “veil” got its name.
It’s also said the in medieval times, the veil was used to protect her from “the evil eye” and was a symbol of purity, chastity, and modesty.
Others say the the origin of the bridal veil was due to the circumstances of an arranged marriage. In days past, men bargained with an eligible young lady’s father for their hand in marriage. AFTER the ceremony, the veil was lifted to reveal the brides features. This was to keep a groom from backing out of the deal if he didn’t like what he saw.
Post # 22
carrying the wife over the threashold?
Post # 23
The ring is worn on the left hand and that finger becauspremedical people believethy here was an artery there that ran straight to your heart. Honeymoon comes from the honeyed wine or mead that the wedded couple drank for one month to supposedly increase their fertility. White dresses only came into fashion recently thanks to theBritish monarchy; for centuries prior the most popular bridal colour was fire for faithfulness. Hope these help!
Post # 24
This one’s a little sucky to hear, but one of my jewelry teachers in college told me that the wedding band was originally only worn by the woman and was not a symbol of love, but rather of bondage. Supposedly they were iron bands (like a shackle) that showed a woman was owed by a man. Though, I think the romance comes from the fact that now the man wears one two so i guess we “own” a part of eachother.