Have you ever wondered where all the traditions for a wedding come from? Why do brides wear white? Why do we wear a ring on our left ring finger? Well, I have done some digging and have discovered where there traditions stem from. I have unearthed these origins and here they are:
Church Ceremony Arrangement
When a man walks a woman down the aisle and also the reason why the bride stands on the left of the groom in Christian ceremonies is because in the bygone days, the groom needed his right hand to fight off other suitors. Since this is no longer the norm in our day and time, I have adopted the explanation that the left arm is closer to the heart.
White Wedding Gown
Before 1840, it was common for brides to wear various colors of wedding dresses with the most popular color being red. Queen Victoria was the first to wear white when she married Prince Albert. The main reason for the color trend was because of laundry practices back then. After Queen Victoria wore white, it naturally became the popular color for wedding dresses because the symbolism between white and purity.
Sheer Bridal Veil
Veils. These stem from back when arranged marriages. A bride wore a veil (over her face) to ensure the groom would follow through with the marriage, even if she was ugly. Could you imagine?! Being worried that your groom may not marry you after all that goes into a wedding – ugh!
Wedding Day Bling
Ancient Egyptians wore rings made of hemp or reeds that were exchanged among a wedded couple – this is when a ring became a symbol of a wedding vows. Ancient Egyptians also wore these rings on their left ring finger. They believed that this particular finger housed a special vein that connected directly to the heart.
In Medieval England, cakes were staked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over. A successful kiss meant they were guaranteed a prosperous life together. Today, the wedding cake doesn’t have the same symbolism, but it is just as integral of an element.
In many cultures around the world, the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other. This tradition is where the saying “Tying the knot” originates from.