Bridal Club Magazine
Age Old Wedding Traditions
Not many modern brides are caught up in all of the traditions
and superstitions that surround the wedding day, but just in case
you are in the minority that wants to assure that you'll have the
best of luck throughout your marriage, here are some age-old
traditions you may want to heed.
Most everyone is familiar with the saying, "Something old,
something new, something borrowed, something blue." It's like a
mantra that bride's say as they check off the list.
* Something old - it is best if this is something that was owned
by a happily married woman. It is believed that this will ensure
the transfer of happiness.
* Something new - this can be anything, but is usually the gown,
shoes or bridal bouquet.
* Something borrowed - traditionally, future wealth and fortune
will follow if the borrowed item is made of gold.
* Something blue - this color is symbolic of modesty, fidelity and
love. Blue flowers can be part of the wedding bouquet, or perhaps
the garter that the bride wears can be blue.
About the garter…why is it tossed following the ceremony? The
garter is worn on the right leg of the bride, just above the knee.
There are often two garters worn, one for tossing and the other as
a keepsake. After the bride tosses her bridal bouquet, which will
be explained shortly, the groom will sit the bride down in a chair
and remove the garter. Depending on the personality of the groom,
or on how much he's had to drink, this can be done quite
seductively. Many grooms actually remove the garter with their
teeth! In ancient times, the removal of the garter by the groom
symbolized the bride's relinquishment of her virginity.
The groom then tosses the garter into the crowd of single men at
the reception. The lucky one to catch it gets to place it on the
leg of the woman, or girl, who caught the bouquet. Those who catch
the garter and the bouquet are said to be the next to marry, often
to each other. The tossing of the garter, like the tossing of the
bouquet, symbolizes good luck for the couple.
Tossing the bridal bouquet to the single women at the reception is
a popular tradition. Most times the wedding bouquet that is thrown
is actually a "throw away" bouquet that is made especially for this
purpose. When silk wedding flowers are used, the bouquet can be
Other traditions include:
* Throwing rice - this represents wishes for fertility for the
* Unity candle - with two flames becoming one, this is symbolic
* The wedding kiss - when the groom finally gets to kiss his
bride, this symbolizes the swapping of their souls.
* Wearing the ring on the third finger of the left hand - wedding
rings are placed on what's known as the "ring finger" because
ancient Greeks believed that there was a vein in this finger that
led directly to the heart.
Of course, the tradition of carrying a bridal bouquet is one that
will always be in style! And with today's exquisite silks, carrying
silk wedding flowers is gaining in popularity! With all of the
advantages of silks, using fresh flowers for wedding bouquets may
someday become a thing of the past!
Article Source: Free Wedding
Bonnie Goodwin Ray has more than sixteen years experience in the
wedding industry. She is the author of Wedding Planning Made Easier
and has become a leading expert in silk
wedding bouquets design
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