Weddings are wonderful... but they are also a little weird. With so many wedding superstitions out there, many bride-to-be’s have no idea the origin, or even significance, of the wedding traditions they are about to partake in.
Ever wondered why a bride is not allowed to see their soon to be husband before the ceremony, or the rationale behind having something borrowed and blue?
In order to appease your curiosity, our handy team at OneWed has tracked down the origins of some of these wonderfully weird wedding traditions and are ready to share. Get ready to learn, ladies!
It is bad luck for the couple to see each other before the wedding.
This superstition originated way back in the day, when arranged marriages were the norm. Instead of marrying for love, the union of a woman and a man was seen as business deal. Stopping the groom from seeing the bride until the ceremony started this prevented him from backing out of the deal (because he did not find the bride attractive enough). In fact, the purpose of the bridal veil was actually to elongate the reveal of the bride’s face until the last moment possible.
Something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue.
As the old Victorian rhyme dictates, a bride should have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on them during their wedding ceremony. However, the true significance behind each of these items varies. First, something old represents the hope that the bride will stay connected to her family once she is wed and has entered this new stage in her life. Something new represents the couple's future and fresh beginnings. Something borrowed has historically been seen as an opportunity, for either family or friends, to lend the bride something special as a token gesture representing their love. Lastly, something blue was supposed to symbolize constancy and fidelity.
Why does a bride throw a bouquet and a groom toss a garter?
The origin behind this idea is actually kind of morbid and dates all the way back to the medieval times. During this time period, it was considered good luck to get a fragment of the bride’s gown. As a result, wedding guest would follow the newlywed couple back to their wedding chamber and rip pieces of clothing off of the bride as she laid in her bed. (Crazy, we know!)
Obviously, the bride did not like this, which was how the tradition of throwing the bouquet came to be. Essentially, the bride would throw her bouquet in order to distract guests from ripping her dress to pieces. Finally, when the couple finally made it safely to their wedding chamber the groom would crack open the door just enough to toss the garter to the crowd. This signified that he was able to consummate the marriage.
With all of that being said, although these wedding superstitions may have a wacky past, it is up to the bride and groom to decided what tradition they choose to honor. It is your big day.