The Truth Behind Popular Wedding Traditions

Weddings are no doubt one of the most common celebratory occasions, and a lot goes into arranging even a casual bridal ceremony or party. However, there are certain traditions associated with marriage events in Sydney and other regions of the world which most of us don’t know the reason behind, but follow anyway. Have you ever wondered why brides prefer white bridal gowns, or due to what cause they have to put on a veil? Well, if your answer is yes, then here are the explanations behind some popular wedding traditions:

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White Gowns

Almost every wedding features a bride draped in white – now why is that? If we look at history, the custom of wearing a white bridal gown was started by Queen Victoria, who sported it at her marriage with Prince Albert, in the year 1840. Later on, white gowns became a symbol of innocence & chastity. Before the Queen, white dresses were associated only with the weddings of the rich people. Middle-class folks could wear bridal outfits of nearly any colour that they liked.

Veil

Veil

The veil originated way back during the existence of the ancient Roman and Greek civilisations. It was worn in order to ward off evil spirits from the bride. The veil & the train served a practical purpose too, as they prevented the girl from running away, which was a matter of concern in those times.

Wreath

Wreath

To put it in the simplest of terms, the wreath mainly symbolised fidelity. During the 1830s, wreaths were at times bought in variants made out of fancy wax flowers, rather than real ones. But very soon, these fake blossom wedding accessories became a problem. They turned out to be major disasters by wilting due to heat within crowded rooms & eventually sticking to the bride’s hair.

Bouquet

Bouquet

This element, which generally completes the overall appearance of a bride, may seem very simple. However, they weren’t so straightforward in the Middle Ages. In fact, brides were made to carry unromantic and pungent-smelling flora as well, to protect their souls & fertility. Many wore garlic to protect themselves from evil spirits and conceal body odour too. On the other hand, Victorian brides preferred to wear ivy.

Thus, as you can see, the wedding traditions that exist were not always like they are now, and some of them even had weird trends associated with them in the past. But all hail the 21st century, wedding traditions are now more focussed on making a bride look exquisite instead of protecting her from “evil spirits”.

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