Weddings are full of traditions and superstitions, but where do they come from?
Flowers have always been a part of weddings. This stems from the medieval tradition of a Knight wearing his Lady’s colours, as a declaration of his love. Each flower has its own meaning and can display a special message. Orange Blossom, for instance, signifies chastity, purity and loveliness.
The tradition of tying old shoes to the back of the couple’s car, stems from Tudor times when guests would throw shoes at the bride & groom, with great luck being bestowed on them if they or their carriage were hit!
Until the 1900s, brides hardly ever bought a special wedding dress, opting for their best outfit instead. Green was always avoided, as it was though to be unlucky. To say a girl ‘had a green gown’ also implied that she was of loose morals, because her dress would be grass-stained due to rolling around in the fields! Hence ‘Marry in Green, ashamed to be seen’. White Dresses were made popular by Queen Victoria, who broke the tradition of royals marrying in Silver.
It was once thought that brides were very vulnerable to evil spirits and many customs were originated to fight off these evil spirits for the bride. The bride’s veil was an attempt to disguise her face to fool the evil spirits. Another way to ward off evil spirits from the bride was to play pranks on the newlyweds. Friends of the couple would play a joke on the couple in hopes the evil spirits would see this and feel sorry for the couple and leave them alone.