Did you know? Five Historical wedding facts.
Once again we have been busy looking for the meaning behind a few very popular wedding traditions. We preform all these traditions but have you ever wondered where they came from or how they started?
1. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (and a sixpence in a shoe). This originated in England and each thing stands for something to bring the couple luck and prosperity in their marriage. Something old represents continuity, something new offers optimism for the future, something borrowed symbolizes borrowing happiness and something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity. As you can imagine the sixpence in a shoe is for the couple to have peace in their finances while married.
2. White being the most popular wedding dress color is not a new thing. Do you know who started this trend? That honor goes to Queen Victoria in 1840. Before the beginning of this trend most brides just wore their best dresses!
3. The wedding cake was actually loaves of bread in the beginning. In ancient Rome guests would break bread over a brides head for Fertility sake. The groom would take a bite of a barley loaf (sounds appetizing) then someone would break the loaf over the brides head to promote fertility and the guest would scramble for pieces that fell on the floor because it was believed the pieces would bring good luck. I can honestly say I am glad this tradition turned to cake and we dont have to eat it off the floor.
4. Do you know why we wear our wedding rings on the fourth finger of our left hands? It was believed a vein in that finger led directly to the heart. Is this true? Sadly no. Modern science has found this to be false, though this is a sweet thought.
5. According to tradition the groom carries the bride over the threshold to protect her from evil spirits lurking below. Apparently in the ancient times evil spirits just lurked everywhere!
Well however these traditions got their start they do make for a lovely wedding. This is a exciting time for all brides and we suggest you enjoy all the traditions and planning.