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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Arias

Wedding Traditions and What They Mean

Wedding traditions are still so popular today that even the most non-traditional couples take part in a lot of them. The reasoning behind a lot of these tradition is that if you follow them you will find eternal love and happiness. When love and happiness ever after are the outcomes, it's usually a win-win for the newly wedded couple.

Today we will be breaking down and looking into the history of 5 of our favorite traditions:

The White Wedding Dress

A lot of women for as long as they can remember, have always dreamed with getting married in a beautiful white dress. Getting married in a white dress is one of the most practiced tradition in America. The tradition comes from England. Queen Victoria had a fancy, very public wedding in the mid-1800s where she wore a white dress made of British silk and lace and ever since then brides have almost always worn white.

"Giving the bride away"

The tradition of giving the bride away is very common in weddings today. The tradition comes from the time of arranged marriages where the "giving away" of the bride was essentially a transfer of ownership. Thankfully, these traditions have shifted enormously and this has become a loving and affirming moment as someone very special in the bride's life escorts her down the aisle.

The First Dance

In a lot of weddings, the first dance is a highly anticipated event. Usually the newlyweds make their way to the dance floor and dance for the first time as a married couple. Some couples opt to do a romantic slow dance while others choose to wow the crowd with a choreographed dance. This tradition came from the europeans in the 1700's where the person with the highest rank or social standing of the event or party would kick off the party with the first dance and now it's the newlyweds that get that honor!

The Wedding Cake

Most weddings have a wedding cake as the showstopper of the evening, besides the couple of course. Not only is it beautifully displayed at the reception, cutting it is one of the wedding festivities. Nowadays, there have been a lot more modern wedding cakes like cupcakes, cake pops, and donut walls but most weddings have some type of wedding cake as the centerpiece of the night. This tradition dates back to ancient Rome where guests would crumble a small barley cake or a wheat scone over the bride's head to symbolize fertility and good fortune.

The Wedding Processional

A lot of weddings include a wedding processional. This is where the bridal party walks down the aisle at the beginning of the ceremony. The order is generally the same: The officiant walks first followed by the wedding party and the flower girls and ring bearers. The couple and their parents are last. In more traditional ceremonies, the bride's father walks her down the aisle, while in modern ceremonies, both parents do the honors. This was another tradition started in England during a royal wedding, this time Queen Victoria's oldest child.


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