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10 Wedding Traditions Explained

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Traditionally, this is so the groom is free to swing his sword with his right hand and fight off any other men who may steal his bride!

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1. Why does the bride stand on the left?

Brides have bridesmaids to confuse evil spirits who want to harm them. Traditionally, bridesmaids were even dressed to look like the bride!

2. Why do brides have bridesmaids?

For Christian marriages, not only does the bridal veil represent the modesty and purity of the bride, it is also a symbol of the temple veil that was torn in two when Christ died on the cross. The removing of the veil took away the separation between God and man, giving believers access into the very presence of God. Through marriage, the couple now has full access to one another (1 Corinthians 7:4).

3. Why do brides wear a veil?

Throwing grains of rice, wheat or oats at newlyweds was thought to bring them fertility and wealth. These days, most people prefer confetti, because it’s available in many colours and doesn’t hurt when its thrown at you!

4. Why do we throw confetti?

You won’t be eating cereal and toast, so why is it called a wedding breakfast? It’s because it’s the first meal you have together as man and wife, making it the breakfast of your marriage (aww).

5. Why is it called a ‘wedding breakfast’?

During 15th century Britain, guests would have to try and tear off bits of the bride’s dress, flowers or hair. People believed that grabbing a piece of the bride’s outfit would pass some of her good luck on to them. However, the guests could get very rowdy, so a tradition evolved where the bride would simply toss her flowers at the mob and run for her life!

 

Today the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry!

6. Why do some brides throw their bouquet?

It is supposed to be good luck for the bride to cry on her wedding day because it symbolizes that she has shed all her tears and will not have any to shed during her marriage. So go ahead and get teary-eyed.

Just be sure to wear some waterproof mascara!

 

7. Is it ok to cry at your wedding?

Sapphires are considered a sign of marital happiness

– and they are pretty beautiful too!

 

 

8. Gemstones in engagement rings?

The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome.

Marriage ceremonies ended with a scone-like wheat or barley cake broken over the bride's head for luck and fertility - Ouch!

 

9. Why do we have a wedding cake?

The Romans believed that the vein in the fourth finger on the left hand ran directly to one's heart. Because of this belief, they called that vein the "vena amoris" or vein of love.

10. Why do we have a specific 'ring finger'?