Some brides follow wedding traditions. Some brides want something completely different that shows off their taste. Some brides are not even sure where to start. With show’s like, “Say Yes to the Dress” , “My Fair Wedding”, “Something Old Something New”, and “Four Weddings” just to name a few, brides can sit in the comfort of their home and see wedding trends and wedding ideas. We’ve searched for new traditional ideas and modern ideas just for you and even found out how these traditions started.
1. Did you ever wonder why brides carry a wedding bouquet? For centuries flowers have stood for a variety of different emotions and meanings. Roses for stood for love. Daisies for gentleness. Hydrangeas for boldness and beauty. Today brides carry flowers that follow the color scheme of their wedding and blend tradition and old world customs on their special day. Look at this beautiful bridal bouquet we found.
3. Something borrowed, traditionally, came from a happily married friend in hopes the bride would have the same success. Borrowed items have included earrings, bracelets and even handkerchiefs.
4. The wedding veil has many different symbols from concealing the brides appearance, for the purposes of only the groom being able to see his bride, and for the transition from maidenhood to married life. We found a great picture of Kate Middleton and her gorgeous wedding veil.
5. The origins of the bridal party is also unique. Originally the groom would choose his strongest friend, the Best Man, to assist him in protecting his bride from being taken away from him before the wedding. The bridesmaids originally wore a similar dress to the bride, to confuse those who were trying to steal the bride from the groom. Now as traditions have changed, the bridal party are close friends and family of both the bride and groom sharing in this special day.
6. Choosing a ring bearer may be an easy task, but did you know that the history of the ring bearer dates to as far back as Egypt! Originally the rings were presented on the tip of a sword to present the seriousness of uniting as one. The ring bearer became a fashionable trend in Northern England as the page boy would help carry the brides train, prayer book and rings. Soon it was morphed down into the rings only.
7. The tradition of flower petals at a wedding are a symbol of happiness and a brides last walk as a single woman on this beautiful day. Each flower and color have a beautiful and different meaning. From a red rose symbolizing deep love and passion, to a white roses symbolizing purity.
8. The wedding cake also comes from tradition. The origins of the wedding cake come from Anglo Saxon times. Guests would bring small cakes and stack them on top of each other. Later a french baker recreated the cake in the shape of the small cakes and covered in frosting, this is now known as the tiered cake.
9. Even the cake topper is part of tradition. Cake toppers date back to the 1820’s. It is considered good luck for the bride and groom to kiss over the top of the tiered cake without knocking over the wedding cake. It is said that a baker was the first to place two figurines to top of the cake when his daughter asked him to place a symbol of the bride and grooms love on the cake.
10. The get a way car. This tradition goes all the way back to Ancient Egypt where the father would give the groom his daughter’s sandal as a symbol of an exchange. As traditions move forward eventually this was changed to cans, as the noise from cans were thought to ward off evil spirits. Now we know you’re not warding off evil spirits, but check out this updated version of having cans tied to the bumper of the getaway car.