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May03

Wedding Traditions

  • Wedding Traditions

There are many long standing traditions when it comes to all things white and wonderful on your wedding day, traditions that have been executed by many but not ever questioned or challenged as to their meaning or purpose. Here is a short history into some of those unquestioned wedding traditions that you may find interesting in the months or years leading up to your big day.

Why do we throw confetti over the newly wedded bride and groom?

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The history of confetti takes us back to the 19th century, where Victorians would throw rice over the bride and groom to encourage fertility. Why it changed to cut out tissue paper can only be due to practicality and out of kindness to the bride and groom...and less likely to attract pigeons.

Some venues do not allow non biodegradable pieces of paper to be thrown in their grounds, which is why we at Bridezillas only sell dried delphinium petal confetti - accepted at all venues and does not stain the brides dress.

 

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in her shoe...

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SOMETHING OLD: Represents the link between the bride, her family and the past.

SOMETHING NEW: Represents fortune and success in the brides future.

SOMETHING BORROWED: Representing the support the brides friends and family will give her throughout her married life.

SOMETHING BLUE: The symbol of faithfulness and loyalty and dates back to biblical times when blue represented purity. 

SILVER SIXPENCE: A charm to bring the bride wealth, both financial and happiness.

What item the bride has on her person for each of the above is not specified, and brides are becoming more and more creative in their choices. Why not choose a blue garter? Or for the more daring bride, blue shoes using our free dying service? We also have many vintage tiaras that are hand made using real vintage brooches, a stunning item to represent your 'something old'.

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The Wedding Veil...

 

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 The veil, despite looking decorative, actually once served a purpose dating back to the Romans. They would dress their brides in bright colours with a similarly bright coloured veil to protect the bride from evil spirits. Due to the bride's vision being obscured by the dense veil, this lead to another tradition of the brides farther leading her down the aisle.

 When the dress transformed  from a bright colour to white for purity and virginity so did the veil, and the meaning behind the veil also developed into a symbol of chastity, a role of obedience, modesty and submission.

 

Symbols of 'Good Luck'

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The horseshoe is considered to be a symbol of good luck because they are made by blacksmiths, a powerful trade as they work with the elements of fire and magical iron. It is believed that a blacksmith could heal the sick and if a couple were to be married by a blacksmith, their marriage would be a happy one. The horseshoe should be hung with the two ends pointing upwards as it cups the good luck.

The acorn is another symbol of good luck that originates from the ancient Asia Minor where acorns represented the goddess of nature. Women would carry acorns to draw some of the long-lived trees vitality and longevity. An emblem of luck, prosperity, power and youthfulness, the acorn can be worn in the bride's hair in shiny diamante form with our beautiful hair comb called 'Acorn'.

Be inventive with your choices, pinterest is your oyster!

Love and sparkels x