Wedding traditions part 1
The wedding ring signifies the uniting of the couple. The shape itself represents eternity. For many centuries it was believed that a special vein ran from the forth finger, directly to the heart and is said to symbolise love.
The bridal shower originated in Holland. If a Dutch bride’s father did not approve of her choice of husband, he did not offer her a dowry. Therefore, her friends would ‘shower’ her with gifts so that she could still marry the groom without her father’s help.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
This is an old Victorian saying which is still used today. Something old represents the link between the bride’s family and the past. Something new represents good fortune and success in the bride’s new life. Something borrowed reminds the bride of family and friends being there to help her if ever help was needed. Something blue signifies faithfulness and loyalty.
The Wedding Dress
In recent Christian tradition, white has been the colour of choice. The colour white symbolises maidenhood.
Veils were originally worn by Romans but became popular in Britain from the 1800’s. Veils have long been associated with modesty and chastity.