19 Jun 5 Wedding Traditions You Should Consider Keeping
There are plenty of weird and random wedding traditions out there that are perfectly fine to pass up on your big day – including the groom carrying the bride over the threshold in order to ward off evil spirits – but there are also some age-old traditions that still hold value for brides and grooms today. From wearing white on your wedding day to having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on hand when you walk down the aisle, many of the wedding practices we follow today actually have roots in centuries past. The following are five of the most popular traditions that you should consider celebrating during your Rincon Puerto Rico wedding.
1. Something old, new, borrowed and blue. You’ve probably heard the saying: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…and a silver sixpence in your shoe.” This Victorian rhyme includes several different wedding traditions (or superstitions) that were thought to bring good luck to a soon-to-be bride. For example, the “something old” connects the bride to her past, “something new” links her to her future, “something borrowed” from a happily married woman symbolizes longevity, “something blue” represents love and fidelity, and “a silver sixpence” is meant to bring good fortune.
2. The bride standing to the left of the groom. In most weddings, you’ll notice that the bride stands on the left side of the groom, but this isn’t just a coincidence. In the old days of “marriage by capture,” the groom needed his right hand, or fighting hand, free to hold his sword, in order to fight off any other suitors who might wish to whisk away his bride at the last minute. Pretty dramatic, right? Today, the groom probably doesn’t need his sword hand free, but many couples choose to honor the tradition all the same.
3. Wearing white on your wedding day. In this day and age, you can get away with wearing just about any color on your wedding day, but there exists a deeper meaning in the traditional white wedding dress. Queen Victoria was one of the first women to wear white on her wedding day in 1840, and the color was actually considered a rather conservative fashion choice back then. Today, a white wedding dress symbolizes purity, innocence, safety and a new start, and we are all for that tradition!
4. Not seeing each other before the wedding. This wedding tradition has an interesting origin. Back in the day of arranged marriages, the bride and groom were encouraged not to see one another before the wedding just in case they decided to change their minds at the last minute. Today, that (hopefully) isn’t the case, but it’s still a nice wedding-day practice. After all, there’s nothing quite like watching the groom’s face when he sees his future bride for the first time!
5. Freezing the top tier of the wedding cake. Years ago, newlyweds were expected to have their first child before their first wedding anniversary, and so, when multi-tiered wedding cakes became fashionable during the 1800s, many couples began saving the top tier to be used for the baby’s christening, rather than buying another cake. This is still a tradition that many couples choose to follow today (although usually as a celebration of their first anniversary, not their first child), but most opt for a freshly-baked, top-tier-sized version of their wedding cake instead.