We’ve seen a lot of superstitions and traditions at weddings. And hey, so what if you’re that bride snatching your “something blue” off the unassuming ring-bearer at the eleventh-hour, or slipping your grandfather’s ol’ hankie in your dress…that counts as “something borrowed” right?
After all the charades, we’ve decided to look into why brides and grooms do what they do. Where did all these superstitions and traditions originate anyway? And could they actually give us some extra luck when tying the knot?
The bouquet. Probably one of the more “normal” traditions we have today, but it wasn’t always rainbows and roses. Until modern times, the traditional bouquet was a bundle of garlic and dill! Yeah I know,…no thanks! But apparently, in the time of the Plague, people pressed these herbs against their noses in order to comfort them. These herbs made it into the wedding ceremony as a sign of “renewal” and “comfort.” The modern bouquet, of course, smells much better…but you could still slip some dill or garlic to make it extra traditional.
The honeymoon serves as the light at the end of the tunnel for most couples. It’s the time when the bride and groom can finally begin their life together as a married couple and escape any and all worries. But originally, the only ones escaping anything were the grooms! The “Honeymoon” originates from the times when men would literally “take this bride” and abduct them from their homes. In Norse traditions, the man would capture his bride and they would go into hiding for 30 days! An entrusted friend would bring them “honey wine” so that 30 days of consumption would equal a “honeymoon.” How’s that for romance?
Why are weddings such an elaborate production anyways? (No, your dad did not pay me to ask you this question!) We’ve found the grand wedding to actually be a relatively new invention. The beautiful venue, elaborate invitations, and gorgeous ceremony were reserved for the elite and upper-class in the 19th century, but as the Industrial Revolution took hold, the middle class started to embrace these elaborate weddings as well. Before the economic boom, urbanization, and All That Jazz, weddings were private affairs held in the parents’ homes. So having your wedding at an estate would be like embracing the original home wedding but making it 21st century fab!
Why do we follow all of these traditions? Is it all a big joke by some witty British poet? Or is there a secret love for Norse culture we don’t know about? Well… maybe. These superstitions do have their origins in old English poetry and we do owe our romantic vacays to the Norse but it’s mostly all part of history! As we’ve watched lavish royal weddings, we’ve wanted our day to be just as traditional and dream-like as Princess Di’s. Plus, after recently drooling over our beloved Kate’s royal wedding, it looks like these wedding traditions aren’t going anywhere!
The superstitions and traditions have been part of weddings since the turn of the century, and we love it! So keep on hunting for that perfect estate, and searching for that silver sixpence because while we can’t prove traditions and superstitions bring us extra luck, they will sure make a fabulous wedding!
What do you think…do you have any wedding traditions and/or superstitions to share?
About the Author
Elizabeth is a freelance writer/blogger for Estate Weddings and Events and current student at Hamilton College in upstate New York. Born with a great deal of wanderlust, she is always in search of unique perspectives, physical challenges, and great books. You can follow her on Google+.