Weddings have changed from days long ago and some wedding traditions have since been put to rest and maybe rightfully so. One such tradition was that of giving the bride a kitten which was of Viking origin. In today’s world, this may not work so well since not all brides are cat lovers. However, there are other classic traditions that really should make a comeback. Wondering what they are? Look no further, there are nine suggestions to consider.
Bringing Classic Back
1. Something Old, Something New
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” How many brides still follow this sentimental tradition? Let’s bring it back. Ask a special older lady in your life, maybe your mom or grandma, to lend you an old piece of jewelry to wear with your wedding gown. This involves them in your big day in a special and sentimental way.
2. Penny In Your Shoe
Putting a coin in the bride’s shoe might not sound like the most comfortable idea, but it represents luck and is supposed to bring wealth and fortune into the marriage. Everybody likes money, so it seems like a good idea. Swedish brides still get a coin from each parent and put one in each shoe to guard against poverty and hunger. This adds a lovely moment to the ceremony.
3. No Peeking
The groom should wait to see the bride on the big day. This tradition stemmed from arranged marriages, but it doesn’t have to have negative connotations. It should be a huge and lovely surprise when the bride comes down the aisle in her wedding dress to join her soon-to- be husband.
4. Tying The Knot
This has come to be synonymous with the wedding ceremony. Yet, it originated from the Celtic tradition of hand-fasting. The couple’s hands were tied together to symbolize unity and eternal devotion. Knots have a wide-ranging association with marriage and represent an unbreakable contract. Between a couple, it represents a bond that will last a lifetime and should be reintroduced into modern ceremonies.
5. Plant A Tree For Mother Earth
This is a fantastic tradition that has much relevance in these days of global warming. In Holland and Switzerland, the couple plant a tree at their home. It represents fertility and a large family. The newlyweds can watch the tree grow up with their children, as both thrive under the attentive love of family.
6. Keeping The Top Tier Of Wedding Cake For One Year
Traditionally, wedding day cakes were made of fruit cake, which could easily last until the birth of the couple’s first child. Now, fancy cakes must be stored and couples tend to wait to start families. So, maybe just freeze it off for the first anniversary.
7. Five Sugared Almonds
Couples are giving odd personal gifts these days. Anything from seeds to recipes. Traditionally, five almonds are wrapped in tulle and tied with a ribbon. The five almonds are supposed to represent happiness, fertility, health, wealth and a long a life. In Greece, an unmarried woman can place them under her pillow to dream of her future husband.
8. Carrying The Bride Over The Threshold
The idea behind this tradition was that, upon arriving at their new home, the groom carries his bride over the open doorway, or threshold, to avoid evil spirits. There is a ton of mythology around open doors and spirit, which makes this tradition all the more alluring. Most couples have dated or lived together prior to the ceremony, but it is still a lovely practice to carry out.
9. The Grand -Just Married Send Off
To save time, the grand send off is often skimped on. This should be as elaborate as the couple can afford, with the bride throwing the bouquet into a crowd of innocent-faced young ladies.
Whiles some traditions might be dying off and maybe rightfully so, it is always fun to bring back some classic ones.