Weddings are steeped in traditions and rituals that we have embraced, generation to generation, for centuries. Dads are still walking their daughters down aisles and bouquets are still thrown in to a pool of single ladies. But what about those that didn’t stick. We look back at some forgotten wedding traditions, some of which are best left in black and white photos, whilst others deserve a resurrection.
1. As if being single at a wedding isn’t hard enough, once upon a time, being an unmarried woman at a wedding meant ‘no cake for you’. Single ladies were encouraged to save their slice and put it under their pillow in order to summon their future husband in to their dreams. No cake and extra laundry; that tradition can remain lost.
2. Whilst cakes are on the mind, it was once tradition to not only cut the cake together, but attempt a kiss over the tiers, avoiding knocking the whole thing down. If you achieved the kiss, it was a symbol of great things to come in your married life.
3. The iconic bridal bouquet has not always been the only thing women clutch in their hand as they walk down the aisle. Horseshoes were said to ward off evil spirits and can be seen tied to string or ribbon in black and white photos for generations. Today you can still buy bridal horseshoes, in traditional silver or alternatively pretty porcelain ones with hand painted floral designs.
4. With so much time, stress and often money invested into their dress, most brides can’t imagine taking it off before the day ends. But not too long ago, brides changed in to a ‘get-away suit’. The suit, often white would be worn to say goodbye to guests as the happy couple set off on their honeymoon.
5. ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in your shoe’. The traditions mentioned at the start of this Victorian rhyme may remain, but we can see why the penny in shoe part got lost. It once symbolised wealth but now, just sounds uncomfortable.
6. Saturday is considered the best day to get married for its convenience and fun factor, but it has not always been this way. English folklore suggests Saturday is in fact the unluckiest day to get married, instead a mid-week Wednesday wedding will provide the best start to married life.
7. Whilst we’re talking about honeymoons, it was traditionally the groom who would organise it, often keeping the destination a surprise for their bride. Despite the difficulties of packing for an unknown destination, and trusting your groom to organise such an important holiday, we LOVE this idea!