I was about to go on another search for strange facts when suddenly I had the idea of posting how some old wedding traditions got started! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! I know it's very long, but I simply love learning about traditions and how they got started.... :)
The engagement ring – one of the oldest of the Western European wedding traditions.
One of the ancient traditions of
It would be another 617 years before the tradition of adding a diamond to an engagement ring would be started. It was in the year 1477 that King Maximilian presented the lovely Mary of Burgundy with a diamond engagement ring, and from that day to this a diamond has been a girl’s best friend.
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The tradition of the Best Man began in medieval
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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
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Something old is symbolic of continuity. The old item was often a piece of lace or a grandmother’s scarf or an old piece of jewelry. Something new signifies hope for the future, and can be anything from a piece of clothing to the wedding band itself. Something borrowed is symbolic of future happiness and is often provided by a happily married friend of the bride. And finally, something blue. In ancient times blue was the color of purity and often both the bride and the groom wore a band of blue cloth around the bottom of their wedding attire.
Before the German Wedding Day
According to German wedding tradition, when a baby girl is born in
A unique German pre-wedding custom is the creation of a wedding newspaper by the friends and family of the bride and groom. This newspaper, or booklet, is filled with pictures, articles and stories of the engaged couple. The newspaper is sold at the wedding reception, to assist with the expenses of the honeymoon.
Belgium wedding Traditions
One of the most important and enduring traditions of the
The wedding handkerchief is passed from generation to generation, and is considered an important family heirloom.
During the wedding mass the bride and the groom are enthroned in two large chairs placed near the alter, symbolizing that on this day and in this place they are the king and the queen. At the conclusion of the ceremony the groom slips the wedding ring onto the third finger of his bride’s left hand. The ring, being an endless circle, symbolizes never-ending love, and the third finger of the left hand is believed to hold the vein that travels to the heart, symbolizing love.
Austrian Wedding Customs and Traditions
Choosing the day
Although most weddings take place on a Saturday it was considered unlucky in the past. Fridays were also considered unlucky particularly Friday the 13th. The famous old rhyme advises a wedding in the first half of the week:
“Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday for no luck at all.”
Wedding Decorations and Traditions in
Orange blossoms have long been the flower of choice for a girl getting married in
Before a couple getting married in
Eastern European Wedding Traditions
May you be blessed with long life, prosperity, happiness and fertility
Many Eastern European wedding traditions concern long life, fertility and happiness and prosperity. In
A wedding tradition in