Top 10 Wedding Traditions: Why Do We Do That? Have you ever wondered why your wedding ring sits on your left hand? Or why the bride is supposed to throw her wedding bouquet? What about the old saying of wearing something blue where did that come from? Yeah, we wondered too! While some couples choose to make their wedding unique, others choose to celebrate with rich tradition. No matter what your wedding taste, we thought it d be fun to explore the origins of some of the more common wedding traditions we are accustomed to. Having a specific finger designated to wear your ring The bride throws the bouquet : It is said that a bride is deemed lucky on their wedding day. So the act of throwing the bouquet is done so to pass on her good fortune. The bride wears something blue : It is said that blue symbolizes purity and fidelity, and thereby proves the bride s worthiness (I wonder how the originators of this tradition would react knowing that many brides choose a garter as their something blue! )
The bride wears a veil : It is said that the veil will help ward off evil spirits by disguising the bride.
The wedding party dresses the same : Apparently evil spirits are highly intelligent, as this act was also meant to confuse them away from the bride. The bride stands on the left of the groom : To be able to protect his bride, the groom must have his right arm free (I feel bad for those poor left-handers). The groom throws the garter : This is one of my favorites It is said that this is done by the groom to distract guests in keeping their hands off the bride. Carrying the bride over the threshold : Apparently some poor grooms used to steal their brides from their tribes, and the brides put up a fight by kicking and screaming. What s a groom to do but carry her? Cutting of the wedding cake : The act of cutting the cake together is meant to symbolize the happy couple s shared future together. The bride wears white : Apparently white wedding gowns were made popular by Queen Victoria in the 1800 s.
So the white wedding dress came to symbolize royalty. There you have it our top 10 wedding traditions and the background behind them. It seems though that there are traditions for every aspect of your wedding day. What are some of the traditions you and your fiancГ will be including in your wedding day? Let us know by commenting below! Technorati Tags:, Match the customs, superstitions, and practices with the historical reasons why (Comment below with your answers). 1. P DESIGNATE A SPECIFIC RING FINGER 2. P BRIDE WEARS SOMETHING BLUE 3. P COUPLE GOES ON A HONEYMOOM 4. P HAVE A RING BEARER 5. P THE MEN HAVE A STAG PARTY 6. P GROOM THROWS THE GARTER 7. P HAVE A FLOWER GIRL DROPPING PETALS 8. P TIE CANS TO THE WEDDING CAR 9. P WEDDING PARTY DRESSES A LIKE 10. P THE GROOM WEARS A BOUTANNIERE 11. P THE BRIDE CARRIES A BOUGUET 12. P THE BRIDE STANDS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE GROOM 13. P CUTTING THE WEDDING CAKE TOGETHER 14. P THE BRIDE THROWS A BOUQUET 15. P SERVING WEDDING CAKE TO GUESTS 16.
P THE BRIDE WEARS A WHITE GOWN 17. P THE BRIDE WEARS A VEIL 18. P CARRYING THE BRIDE OVER THE THRESOLD A. P WARDS OFF EVIL SPIRITS BY DISGUISING THE BRIDE B. P SO THE BRIDE S GOOD FORTUNE IS PASSED ON C. P GUARANTEES THE COUPLE MAN CHANCES TO HAVE KIDS D. P TO KISS THE BACHELOR GOODBYE E. P SO GUESTS CAN COLLECT CRUMBS AS A TOKEN OF GOOD LUCK F. P SYMBOLIZES THE COUPLES SHARED FUTURE G. P CONSIDERED A COOLING OFF PERIOD FOR THE BRIDE S FAMILY H. P THE BRIDE TRIPPING MEANT BAD LUCK I. P PROVES THE BRIDE S WORTHINESS J. P IT CONTAINS THE VEIN OF LOVE K. P THIS SHOWS THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE CONSIDERED ROYALTY L. P WEARING HIS LADY S COLORS TO DISPLAY HIS LOVE M. P THE STRONG SMELL WARDS OFF EVIL SPIRITS N. P TO DISTRACT GUESTS SO THEY KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF THE BRIDE O. P MARRIAGE IS DOOMED IF THE RING IS DROPPED BY THE GROOM P. P TO CONFUSE EVIL SPIRITS ABOUT WHO WAS REALLY MARRIED Q. P TO DEFEND HIS BRIDE, HIS RIGHT ARM MUST BE FREE R. P THE NOISE FRIGHTENS AWAY EVIL SPIRITS