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Wedding traditions and why we have them......

At heart im a traditionalist for a wedding and like that certain things are still included in your wedding day. Here I have included just some of the most common traditions and why we use them or have them. I have left out the reason why a bride carries a bouquet..... you can research that one for yourselves:- 


But here is a little selection of my favourite ones just to brighten up a miserable Monday morning. 


Wedding Ring


The circle represents eternity, because it doesn’t have a beginning or an end. During ancient times, women would wear rings made of papyrus around their wrists and ankles. Romans then began to substitute the material with iron, which ultimately led to the use of gold to make the first betrothal rings. The tradition of a diamond engagement ring was started by Archduke Maximilian of Austria when he proposed to Mary of Burgundy. Like circles, diamonds have long been considered as symbols of eternity because they are the hardest gems on earth. The placement of the ring on the fourth finger came from the Egyptians who believed that it was the finger that contained the vein that connects to the heart.




Why Does the Bride Stand to the Left of the Groom?


The bride stands to the left of the groom during the wedding ceremony so that the groom can protect her with his left arm and use his sword with the right.

Traditionally, the groom would need to fight anyone who was trying to steal his wife – mostly members of her own family, since it was common for them to think she’d be “stolen”.





Why do we Wear the Ring on the Fourth Finger of the Left Hand?


Many believe the tradition began with the Romans, who thought a vein ran straight from the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart. Others believe it began simply because the left hand is generally least used and so a more practical choice for adornment.

The Egyptians used the middle finger of the left hand, while ancient Gauls and Britons favoured the little finger.

Roman Catholics preferred to use the right hand for betrothal and wedding rings until the middle of the 18th century.

It is supposedly unlucky for a bride to try on her wedding ring before marriage and it is said that whichever of the couple drops the ring in church shall be the first to die. It is also said to be unlucky to remove a wedding ring before seven years of marriage.





Staying Apart Before the Ceremony

When marriage was based on business rather than love, the future bride and groom weren’t allowed to see each other before the ceremony for fear either would pull out of the arranged marriage.

The groom’s family would pay for the woman’s hand in marriage and the father of the bride-to-be would then ‘give away’ his daughter at the altar.

It has now been deemed as unlucky to see each other in the hours before you say ‘I do’, but considering you’re marrying the love of your life and not partaking in a business deal, we think you’re fine.





Bridesmaids

As one of the most popular on this list of wedding traditions and superstitions, most bridal parties include bridesmaids.

Most females will have considered who’s going to help them prep and plan their big day, the girls who will walk down the aisle with you and ensure your outfit is perfect.

However, planning hen parties and fixing the bride’s veil weren’t always a bridesmaid’s duties.

Their most important duty was to stand as a distraction to any evil spirits that may wish to harm the bride.

Bridesmaids originally were dressed the same as the bride so any evil wrongdoers were confused as to who the bride was.



Groomsmen

Groomsmen- a couple of the groom’s family and friends that have been selected on the basis they will throw him the best stag party. Right?

Well, that never used to be the case. A groom selected his groomsmen based solely on their sword skills. The best man was actually just the best swordsman that would be able to protect the bride and groom during the ceremony from any potential threats.




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