(Closed) Wedding traditions/Superstitions

posted 9 years ago in Beehive
Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception

Bouquets were originally carried to mask the smell of the unwashed bride, in medieval times. Gross but true.

Bridesmaids used to dress like the bride to confuse evil spirits that may want to harm the marriage.

The wedding band is worn on the third finger of the left hand because the ancients (Romans?) believed that a vein ran from that finger right to your heart. 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I was just reading about these!

I found that you are supposed to give Jordan almonds in odd numbers because they can’t be divided equally, to show the strength of the couple. The almonds themselves are for fertility.

A lot of traditions deal with fertility, or tears. The good or bad luck of rain on the wedding day goes with this — if you believe it’s for good luck, it’s for fertility, if you believe it’s bad luck, it’s for the tears you will cry. Also, if a bride sews her own dress each stitch represents one tear she’ll cry during the marriage.

Another one – "Change the name but not the letter, marry for worse and not for better." This is an old parable about marrying someone with the same last initial. 

The last one I’ll thow out is that it’s best to begin the ceremony after the half hour, so the hand of the clock is pointed up toward heaven instead of downward. Crazy, right?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh! I wrote a paper on this once in high school (I’ve always been a bit wedding-obsessed!). Let’s see what I can remember…

Wedding Cakes: In Renaissance times each guest/family would bring a small round cake to the wedding. These cakes were stacked, and the bride and groom were supposed to kiss over the top of the stack for good luck.

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen: Guests used to dress identically to the bride and groom to confuse evil spirits that might try to harm the couple. This one guy, Antoine of Burgundy, bought 100 green velvet gowns for the female guests to wear at his wedding.

Something Blue: Bridal veils were originally blue to symbolize purity or honor Mary, the role model for wives/mothers.

Bouqets: Bridal bouquets were originally made of wheat (to symbolize fertility) and herbs (to symbolize various other things).

Honeymoons: During the Renaissance, newly married couples were supposed to drink honeymead (a spiced wine with cloves and honey) each night for a period of one month (aka one moon). Honeymead + one moon = honeymoon.

Tossing the Garter: During the Renaissance, grooms that gave bridal garters to their brides were said to be rewarded with their faithfulness for life. Wedding guests would follow the bride and groom back to their bedroom after the reception, and the groom would take off and toss the garter.

Hope that helps!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I read that the honeymoon has its roots in travel. That after teh wedding, the bride and groom would travel around to relatives who were not able to attend the wedding.

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