Essay on Wedding Traditions

1522 Words Sep 23rd, 1999 7 Pages
When it comes to planning a wedding, people have to worry not only about food, flowers, and what they wear, they also have to honor many traditions, even if they don’t understand their origins or meanings. However, to not follow these traditions, understood or not, might mean bad luck for the marriage or, at the very least, disgruntled wedding guests. Every culture cherishes its own marriage traditions and superstitions. Many are not understood but are still seriously followed because “it’s always been done that way” (Kendrick). Even people not normally superstitious wouldn’t think of violating these traditions. Many traditions originated from old …show more content…
It then became customary for the bride to toss her bouquet to unmarried women. However, it was not until recently that people started believing that the woman who caught the bouquet would be next to be married. Regardless of who removed the garter, the bride of old most likely would not have been dressed in white. If her family was well off she would certainly have had a new dress made for her wedding day, but it did not necessarily have to be white. In ancient times, color was not considered in a bridal gown. It became customary for the bride to wear red or other brightly colored gowns. Greeks and Romans used the color white in any celebration to express joy (Karl 52). It is not clear who first made the white gown popular. Some say it was the wife of Napoleon III (Van Ostrom 45), others say it was Ann of Brittany (Kendrick), and still others believe it was Queen Victoria (Mihanovich 144). What is known is that the wedding dress is traditionally only worn once. This showed a person’s affluence. Nearly everyone has heard the old rhyme about what a bride should wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. Many brides abide by it today but most likely, few know what it means. Something old signifies that the

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