10 Bridal Traditions with Unusual Origins
Tradition is as important to most brides as personalization is, helping pave the way toward the wedding of their dreams. Ironically, most people can’t tell you why they feel strongly about certain traditions, nor can they tell you how those traditions got their start. “It’s tradition” is a phrase that’s likely to be uttered by many brides and their families. Now you can learn where some of them come from.
Bridal Traditions & Their Origins
- A Sugar Cube in Your Glove.
The last thing a bride wants to worry about is any unpleasantness after her wedding. According to Greek wedding culture, brides who tuck a sugar cube into their glove will sweeten their union.
- Being Carried Over the Threshold.
Is your spouse going to carry you over the threshold after your wedding? This long-standing tradition comes from the belief that men had to carry their brides over the threshold to protect them from the evil spirits that lurk below.
- Coins for the Bride.
Tossing coins at the bride and groom, or tucking a gold coin into one glove and silver coin into the other symbolizes prosperity and never having to go without.
- The Bridal Veil.
You may think a veil prevents your fiance from seeing your face until it’s lifted, but the Ancient Romans and Greeks believed it hid brides from evil spirits.
- Something Old, Something Blue.
Wearing something old is a long-standing tradition that connects the bride to the past, while wearing something blue symbolizes fidelity, love and purity.
- Let Them Eat Cake.
The tradition of eating wedding cake has changed slightly, thank goodness. The Ancient Romans broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head for fertility. Tiered cakes became popular as part of a wedding game in which couples tried to kiss over the tall cake without knocking it down.
- Stand to Your Husband-to-Be’s Left.
No one seems to question why the bride always stands to the left of her husband-to-be. Thankfully, the original reasons for this tradition are a thing of the past when husbands had to keep their right hands free to fend off other suitors.
- For June Brides.
Juno, the Roman goddess, is the ruler of marriage, childbirth and the home. It’s because of her that June is the most popular month for marriage.
- The Bride Wore…
If you’re like most, you’ve chosen the traditional white color for your wedding gown. But until the mid-1800’s, women just wore their best dress, regardless of the color.
- A Diamond Engagement Ring.
There are many options when it comes to engagement rings. Diamonds set in gold or silver date back to the Ancient Venetians, who used the rings to symbolize their wealth.
Have you heard of any unusual bridal traditions not listed here? Leave them in the comments and we will include them in our next post of the history of weddings!