There are as many traditions about weddings as there are Melbourne wedding venues. One interesting tradition which is carried on still today is where the bride and groom don’t see each other right before the wedding until the bride walks down the aisle. The origin of thiscomes from when marriages were pre-arranged. Some brides and grooms never even saw each other period before the wedding. Could you image marrying someone you never saw before? It was believed in this custom that if the groom saw the bride before the wedding, she would not be new and pure. Another custom is the bride is not supposed to look in a mirror and see her reflection before her wedding once completely dressed in her wedding gown. Legend says if she does, she leaves a piece of herself behind in the mirror.
Some other traditions are if a spider is found in your dress, it means good luck will be bestowed upon you. If you are English, the best day to get married is Wednesday. Monday you marry for wealth and if you marry on Tuesday it’s good for health. However Saturday is considered the unluckiest day to marry. Also, on the topic of luck, if you sew a small horseshoe into your wedding dress’s waist band, it brings good luck.
You would not be without gloves during your wedding if you lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. It simply was not done. The female guests wore them too. Today when gloves are worn with a wedding gown, it gives a classically elegant look and heightens the image. The train of a gown began in the Middle Ages. The length of a train in court indicated your ranking among your peers. The longer your train, the higher your rank.
The wedding veil over the centuries has signified virginity, modesty, youth and was also thought to protect the bride from evil spirits. Head pieces were and still are chosen separately. Early brides wore crowns of flowers and herbs. In an Eastern Orthodox ceremony, both bride and groom have ornate crowns placed on their heads. The crowns are exchanged three times. While they are being exchanged the crownsare blessed. When the crowns are removed the couple is officially married.
The traditional white bridal gown was started in 1840 by Queen Victoria. Women up to that point, simply wore the best gowns they had to be married in. Wearing a white wedding dress denoted the bride was a virgin from then on.
The wedding cake has an interesting history. The tradition started in Rome. Then though, guests would break a loaf of bread over the bride’s head. This was to encourage fertility within the marriage. The tiered caked came about from a game. The bride and groom would kiss each other over a cake that had layers added to it each time they did. They would continue to kiss until they knocked the cake over. Another interesting old legend says that if a single woman puts a slice of wedding cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.
So wherever weddings in Melbourne are held, a tradition is sure to be followed. But now you know where some of them originated from.
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