Traditions are funny little things are they? Crafted from centuries of repetitive behavior, we all exercise traditions every day without even realising. Saying “Bless You” after someone is an example of a tradition that has been worked so much into our daily lives, that we do it without thinking. The same thing goes for wedding traditions – a lot of them are obvious – like the “Something Old, Something New” saying or the bouquet toss. But there are others, like the bride always standing to the left of the groom, that we don’t even realise come from events that happened in the past.
So instead of just blindly following these traditions without even knowing where they come from, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the obvious and not-so-obvious traditions and explain a little about where they came from and why they exist!
and a sixpence in her shoe”.
This is my favourite tradition simply because I love collecting images of bridal bouquets – done correctly and with taste, they can be absolutely stunning. See our pinboard for our crazy collection! Interestingly, the tradition of bridal flowers actually began with brides carrying a bouquet of strong scented herbs to ward off evil spirits. During Roman times, the bride and groom would wear flower garlands – which represented fertility and new life. Flowers became the popular practice for brides to carry in the Victorian times when they held certain symbolic meaning. Courting couples would send messages to each other through flowers. How sweet!