Bridesmaid or Bridesguard? History Says It All

by Azure

Ever wonder how bridesmaids came to be? Or where the significance and symbolism of the bridal party originated? The answers may surprise you! Bridesmaids have a rich history dating back to ancient Rome, and while the term "bridesguard" is a fairly new one, one of the bridesmaid's main jobs has always been protecting the bride. Ready for a little history lesson? Here are three historic looks at bridesmaids and their duties: Ancient Rome - Bridesmaids escorted the bride to her...

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Wedding Traditions Revealed: Groom Carrying Bride Over The Threshold

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Recently I watched a movie where the groom went out of his way to carry his bride over the threshold which made me start thinking - is this still a common practice, or is it an old tradition? Through my research I have found the origin of this tradition and want to reach out to all of my readers to see if they believe the tradition has continued to change into a more positive tradition or if they even take part in carrying their bride into their new home...

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The Bridesmaid And Her Role In Your Wedding: Past And Present!

by Azure

One of the most important decisions you make early on in the wedding planning process is choosing your bridesmaids. They'll lend a helping hand along the way, and serve as a much-needed sounding board. They'll rally to complete your wedding checklist tasks, offer inspiration, and ensure that your special day goes off without a hitch. Ever wonder how bridesmaids came to be? Or how the role of a bridesmaid has evolved over time? Check out this adorable, fabulously done Brief Guide...

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A Look Back at a Wedding Dress Made for a Princess (literally)

by Azure

Let's take a little time travel trip back to 1981, a great year for big, over-the-top weddings. The biggest of course being Luke and Laura on General Hospital and in real life, Prince Charles and Diana. If you’re going to be in Philadelphia between now and the end of the year, you can actually go see the wedding dress of the 1980s. Diana: A Celebration, a touring exhibit, will be at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia through the end of the year. If Diana’s was...

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How to Plan a Wedding, an Historical Perspective

by Azure

Happy Monday! I went to my public library’s book sale this weekend and among other things, I picked up this book, first written in 1939 and updated in 1958 (you can actually get your own used copy on Amazon). As you can see, the illustrations are fabulous! In some places the book feels surprisingly modern. For example, there are pages and pages of instructions on how to word invitations in the case of various kinds of situations, including divorce and remarriage. In other places,...

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Wedding Cake Traditions, a Little History

by Azure

One of the things that makes planning a wedding so challenging is that people like to tell you that either you can’t, or must, do something because “it’s tradition.” What’s so interesting about this is that most of us actually know very little about the wedding traditions to which we’re so attached. For example, did you know that wedding cake was traditionally a meat dish, and not a very tasty sounding one. Lamb testicles anyone? It wasn’t until the 1500s, when sugar...

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