The Origins of Some Wedding Customs

WEDDING CUSTOMS — How did they come to be

IMG_6362As a wed­ding offi­ciant for more than 17 years I have always loved research­ing wed­ding cus­toms. I find it very use­ful to under­stand the ori­gins of each ele­ment of the wed­ding cer­e­mony.

I am an offi­ciant who works with cou­ples of all faiths, tra­di­tions, reli­gions and also with those who are spir­i­tual but not reli­gious. I want to under­stand the under­pin­ning of each part of the wed­ding. Knowing the ori­gin I can advise and many times evolve each rit­ual or cus­tom to make it mean­ing­ful for todays wed­ding cou­ples.

Here are some inter­est­ing wed­ding facts:

The Wedding Veil — sym­bol­izes mod­esty and as a sym­bol it began in the 16th Century.

The White Bridal Gown — Following the mar­riage of Queen Victoria, who wore an all-white gown this became the fash­ion for every­one. (Previously, women were mar­ried in the best dress they owned).

Carrying Something Old — sym­bol­izes the value and respect the bride places on some­one who is already mar­ried.

Something New – Many times is the bride car­ries shiny new penny for good luck. Something Borrowed – meant to show the shar­ing of the cou­ples hap­pi­ness.

Something Blue – The color blue sym­bol­izes con­stancy.

Wedding Flowers – Flowers are a sym­bol of fer­til­ity and ever­last­ing love.

The Kiss – In early Roman times, a kiss was con­sid­ered the legal bond that seals a con­tract.

Giving Away the Bride — This cus­tom sym­bol­izes times past when the bride when from her parent’s home to her grooms home.

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