So this week I’ve got a couple of wedding appointments for 2020 and it has made me have a think as to where some of the traditions have come from and what they truly mean! In one of my previous roles as an in-house wedding / event coordinator, I spent a lot of my time on multi-cultural weddings and I LOVED the religious element as well as all the bright colours. Western weddings were always much easier for me to coordinate but I have never looked in to the meaning behind the things we do just to say “I Do”.
Did you know the luckiest day of the week to get married on is actually a WEDNESDAY!! There is a saying that states “Marry on Wednesday and you will be happy”. As expected the official figures show that the most popular day of the week to get married on is a Saturday, closely followed by a Friday. The least popular day is a Monday.
Hen parties – would you ever believe this concept originated from Greece!! Way back when, the Greeks liked to celebrate a wedding in three parts. The first part was called the Proaulia where the bride would spend the last few days before her wedding with her female relatives and friends (nothing new there then). As part of this event, there would be food and a section where the bride would sacrifice some of her belongings from her childhood which helped to signify the transition into adulthood. And there we have it… the first ever hen party!
Do you know the true meaning behind the bride carrying a bouquet of flowers…. it is genuinely to mask the smell haha. Back in the old days, bouquets tended to have not only flowers included but also strong smelling herbs and spices. This not only masked the smell but also helped to fight off evil. Thankfully now we carry them as they help to add beauty and romance.
My favourite one of all is the real reason why the Bride stands to the left of the Groom… this is so the man can protect his woman with his left arm and use his sword with the right. History shows that the groom would often need to fight for his bride as it was common for her family to believe she had been stolen! Who said weddings were a happy occasion hey!
And last but not least… confetti! I am currently looking into confetti options for a bride for next year and upon looking into it all, traditionally it is RICE that is thrown at the newlyweds. The symbolic side of this is that it is deemed to encourage fertility. Thankfully the Victorians decided to move to the “confetti” we are used to nowadays! Anyone fancy picking grains of rice out of your hair on the big day – no thanks I’ll leave that one in the past.
I love learning new little quirky facts and hope you’ve learnt some nuggets of information too. See you next time. Rhianne x
Photos in this blog all by Aaron Cheeseman Photography