Wedding Traditions have always fascinated me. Honestly, all traditions fascinate me. Someone somewhere started something and now we all continue to do it. We either follow tradition exactly or we put our own spin on it yet, we still follow the bones of these traditions and not always knowing why or where they came from…
The definition for tradition on Wikipedia says it best “A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past.”
Being in the wedding business I watch as weddings unfold and I wonder: how did we come to this? How did we come to weddings being brides walking down the aisle, grooms receiving the bride, vows, rings, bridesmaids, and all of the other wedding customs of today? When I started in the industry over eight years ago, tradition was a must, now as society evolves traditions are becoming mere guidelines as we all try to customize and create our own set of eclectic traditions.
So, the next few blogs I plan to share “traditional” wedding customs and their origins with the express purpose of unveiling the truth. I hope to shake things up and open the door to new ideas/creating new traditions of our own.
I would also like to ask for your help with ideas and sharing of how you (the reader) have put your own spin on societies traditions. Please, pin photos of these “spins” on our Pinterest board. Also, feel free to comment below and suggest traditions you wish to see unveiled.
Here are a few traditions I plan to discuss in the coming weeks:
-Why the bride carries a bouquet
-Why do we escort woman on the left arm
-Bride and Grooms placement on the Alter
-Why do we toss a garter
-Something borrowed something blue, something old and something new (poem)
- The bridal veil
- Why a bride wears white
- History of the proposal
-Who pays for the wedding and why?
-Why ringbeares and flower girls?
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