Wedding traditions; part 2
In the 13th century, five almonds coated in sugar were chosen as a gift to signify fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness.
Bridesmaids and Best Man
Traditionally, the bridesmaids and best man were present at a wedding as protection. This was at a time where enemies would often attach and attempt to steal the bride away.
‘Tying the Knot’
This well known saying dates back to ancient Babylonians, who believed that it was good luck for newlyweds if a thread of cotton was taken from their clothes and tied together.
The history of the ‘three tiered’ wedding cake came about when guests would each bring a bun to the wedding. As each guest placed their bun on the ground, it would create a large pile. The bride and groom would lean over and kiss each other, trying not to knock down the bun pile, thus symbolising a long and happy life together.
Luckily tradition has long since changed, but in history, guests would bear witness to the consummation of the marriage. Taking an article of clothing, such as the garter, confirmed that marriage had been consummated.
Throwing the Bouquet
A fun tradition, meant to signify the next to marry.
Before paper confetti (often dried flowers or petals are preferred) couples exiting the church were showered with anything from flowers to rice, grains, raisins, sweets or even nuts! This is said to bestow prosperity and fertility on the couple.
Crossing The Threshold
The tradition is for the groom to carry his bride through the front entrance of their home. Some say it is to avoid the bride tripping or entering with her left foot first, meaning bad luck. The Anglo-Saxons believed it to symbolise the groom stealing his bride and carrying her off.
Honeymoons originated from when a man captured his bride. The couple would hide from the bride’s parents before marrying. They would remain in hiding for a further cycle of the moon after the wedding. During this time they would drink honey wine.