Curiosities … the meaning of traditions.
There is a story behind every tradition
What is the origin of wedding traditions and what is their meaning?
We will tell you …
Throwing of the bouquet
It is rooted in England, a country where women used to tear pieces from the wedding gown as a sign of good luck. Brides who didn’t want their gown to get ruined, started to throw their bouquet in the air to detract guests’ attention and run away.
Nowadays throwing the bouquet has no longer the same meaning, instead, it is one of the most eagerly awaited moments of a wedding as – according to our tradition – the woman who catches the bouquet as it flies will be the next one to get married.
A never-ending circle representing eternal love, it is worn at the fourth finger of the left hand long since. In fact, the ancient Romans deemed the vein passing through the left ring finger to be directly linked to the heart.
The bride standing to the left of the groom
Another British tradition. Back in time, grooms frequently happened to protect their brides
by using a sword. Hence, having their right arm free made it easier for them to draw the sword, if necessary.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
When talking about “something old” reference is made to the emotional bond that links the bride-to-be to her family and her past, be it a jewel or grandma’s wedding gown.
“Something new” may be the gown, as a sign of hope and good luck and is good omen for a successful future life.
“Something borrowed” should be lent by a merrily married woman, to share with the bride-to-be part of her very same luck and joy.
Last but not least, brides should always wear “something blue” as a sign of love, fidelity and purity.
There is no real tradition as regards the bouquet and the wedding veil but the flowers of the bouquet are known to be a symbol of fertility, while the wedding veil has long been the symbol of the bride’s youth and virginity, used as to avoid any suffering.