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Wedding traditions and customs

 Traditions remain a key ingredient in today’s modern wedding. Although marriage is essentially about joining two people in a bond that unites their future, it is often the small ties to history that form our traditions. After all, ‘something old, something new’ has a good ring to it. No pun intended!

It’s always interesting to have a little background on the customs that will shape your big day; perhaps this insight could result in a little something extra special!

 

  • To the left: Out of tradition the bride stands to the left of her groom. In days of old this was to ensure that her groom’s right hand remained free to draw his sword in order to fight off any invading kidnappers or old suitors.
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  • Sweet kiss: While you might have a preference for small and sweet, we all enjoy the large and elaborately tiered wedding cakes that take pride of place on many wedding tables. What most don’t know is that this classic stems from a game played between the bride and groom, where in they had to attempt to kiss over their highly stacked cake without knocking it over; to ensure future prosperity of course!
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  • The bouquet: The bouquet is recognised as a symbol of luck. While these days it’s tossed into the hungry hands of the attending bachelorettes, it used to be that the wedding dress itself was the lucky charm. The bouquet became the more civilised version to ripping the poor bride’s dress to pieces.
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  • Wedding ring: Once upon a time it was thought that your fourth finger on your left hand contained a vein that led directly to your heart, and thus it became the ring finger, as a symbol of love.

 
In our modern society we have so many religions and cultures, each with their own beautiful (or perhaps obscure) traditions. There are slight variations, such as peas thrown instead of rice, or a milk bath before the ceremony, but despite this the magic that is your wedding day remains universal. If it so happens to rain, why not borrow from the Hindu tradition, and accept the rain as a sign of good luck!

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