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Traditions Explored: Part Three

We’re back! We can’t wait to share what we found out about the surprising beginnings of some of our favorite wedding traditions and superstitions!

The Wedding Favors

During the 16th Century, in order to thank guest for attending a wedding, the European nobility would hand out cubes of sugar, which was rare and expensive at the time, as a show of wealth. Five sugar-coated almonds soon became the new trend as the bundle stood for: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and a long life. During Victorian weddings the gifts were handed out personally by hand to ensure luck to the recipient.

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Photography: Smitten Photography

The Ring Finger

Before science could explain the blood’s circulatory system, the Greeks held the romantic belief that there was a vein that connected only this finger directly to the heart.

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Photography: Eliza J. Photography

The Veil

Roman brides were infatuated with warding off evil spirits and wore bright veils to protect themselves from them on their wedding day. The Victorians are to thank for the heavy, long white veils that signified wealth and status in the 1860’s.

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Photography: Karen Wise Photography

There is still more to come lovelies! Stay tuned as we explore more traditions and superstitions!

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Traditions Explored: Part Two

As promised, we are back to satisfy some more curious minds out there. Join us as we explore some more peculiar beginnings to our favorite wedding traditions….

Throwing Rice

Rice was seen as a symbol of fertility and was thrown at the newlyweds, in Britain, as a blessing at the end of pagan weddings. The Victorians were the first to use the much more dignified shredded paper to send off the bride and groom. While shredded paper classifies for the definition of confetti, the word confetti actually originated in Italy as a type of sugar almonds they tossed in their air during times of celebration.

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Photography: JuneBug Weddings

The Bridesmaids

Being a bridesmaid is now seen as a position of honor and friendship but during the Roman times brides would have 10 witnesses dressed identical to them as a decoy for evil spirit intending to harm the bride. Up until the 19th century, the replicas were also used to protect the bride from jilted suitors intending to kidnap her en-route to the wedding.

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Photography: Chicago Wedding Photography

The Best Man

Another form of protection came in the form of the groom’s best man. This Anglo-Saxon tradition included the groom’s strongest and most loyal friend helping him battle any resistance from the family of the bride. He stood up with the groom during the ceremony to ensure the bride was fully protected at all times.

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Photography: Courtney Sarah Photography

We will be back soon with more traditions explained but until then…

Tell us lovelies: What do you think of following tradition? How would you make it your own?

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Traditions Explored: Part One

Have you ever wondered why we do what we do? There are endless amounts of wedding traditions and superstitions & some of them are a little peculiar. We got a little curious so we gathered together some of the most popular traditions and found out how it all began. Some of them are rather unexpected…

The Tiered Cake

During the medieval time period it was customary for wedding guest to gift small cakes to the bride and groom whom then had to try and kiss over the large pile of goodies to ensure future success. The origin of the stacking tiered cakes began with Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany in 1882. Within 20 years, the use of frosted, shortened broomsticks between the layers of cake had become the latest fad in assembling their desserts. Royal Icing, which is known for the pure, white color first became famous with Queen Victoria who used it on her own wedding cake in 1840.

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Cake: Anna Elizabeth Cakes & Photography: Melissa Gidney Photography 

Giving Away The Bride

This custom originated in the literal sense because marriages in the ancient Roman time period were all arranged by the father of the bride. The act of giving away the bride, to their new owner, was in trade for a price or dowry.

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Photography: Caroline Fontenot Photographer 

Standing Left of the Groom

In Anglo-Saxon England, relatives of the family often invaded the weddings and stole the brides away from the groom. Customarily, having the bride stand on the left was for her protection from kidnapping. This arrangement left the groom available to hold his bride’s hand with his left and still be able to draw his sword with his right.

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Photography : Jessica Burke

Well, these traditions may not have started off too romantic but we for one are happy we have repurposed these traditions in a very different way.

Stay tuned as we explore more unexpected beginnings to our favorite wedding traditions!

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