Calling all the single ladies! We know this tradition all too well! In a way, this tradition is the “cat fight” of weddings. All the single ladies gather around and wait for the bride to toss her bridal bouquet. Then, in a matter of seconds, guests watch as women jump up in hopes of being the lucky gal who catches (or snatches) the bouquet! The concept is that whomever catches the bouquet will be the next in the group to be married! But how did this tradition begin?! According to Wedding Wire, the tradition stems from England originally. The bride was believed to be full of luck on her Wedding day – so much so that people would actually try to rip pieces of the bride’s gown and flowers to keep as their own lucky charms! Legend has it that the bride would toss her bouquet in hopes of escaping and running away before more of her dress was picked apart!
This tradition dates way back to the Dark Ages! Now, we know this time is a little more “dark” in terms of men vs. women and this tradition is right along those lines! Back in these days, the bride and groom were required to show proof of consummation on the wedding night. Family and friends of the couple would follow them up to their suite and help undress them (also, grabbing clothing for good luck!). It is said that these guests would also stay as eyewitnesses to the consummation! The garter was then taken as further proof that the deed was done! Clearly, the tradition we know today has adapted to more modern times! Could you imagine Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe joining you in your honeymoon suite?! We don’t think so! Bring on the group of men fighting over the garter at the reception instead!
Today, we see less brides adding the traditional veil to their gorgeous gowns. This decline in the veil may be partly due to the other options we’ve seen trending, such as the flower crown. However, the veil was a very popular tradition for decades! Where did this tradition begin? Well, the tradition originates back to Greece. According to Wedding Ideas Mag, the veil was to protect the bride from evil! The veil would cover the bride’s identity and keep evil spirits from cursing the day! Similarly so, bridesmaids originally wore all the same dresses, usually similar styles to the bride, to be barriers of protection to the bride. It was believed that if evil spirits were after the bride, they may accidentally mistake a bridesmaid for her instead! Secondly, according to Cosmopolitan, veils were added to the bride’s wedding accessories to weigh her down! That’s right, they didn’t want any runaway brides back then!
The bride tossing the bouquet, the groom tossing the garter, and the unveiling of the brides are all well-known traditions. However, we are seeing a decline in the popularity of these traditions. Would you toss any of these ideas out because of the origination? How do you feel about how these traditions we all come to associate with weddings? We are interested in seeing if these traditions become popular again in the years to come! Let us know how you feel about these traditions! Will you be incorporating them into your own wedding?
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