the ribbons and bows that grace the gifts you
receive at your bridal shower to create an
artistic bouquet that you carry during the
wedding rehearsal. Remember that each ribbon
that breaks as you open the packages is said to
represent the birth of a child.
a seedling on the morning of or the day before
your wedding to grow along with your marriage.
If roses are one of your favorite blooms, you
might choose the plant that is always associated
wealth and good fortune for newlyweds is said to
be inspired by slipping a lucky sixpence into
one of the shoes you wear for your wedding. The
sixpence first became known as a lucky coin when
introduced by Edward VI of England in 1551, and
later became part of wedding tradition with
brides in the Victorian era.
are encouraged to include "something
blue" among their wedding finery to bolster
the favorite old line, "Those who dress in
blue have lovers true." Blue has long been
considered the color of fidelity, purity and
love, and was first worn in ribbons by early
a handkerchief passed down through generations
of your family to begin your own tradition with
a lacy square that you select. A bride who cries
on her wedding day is never supposed to shed
another tear about her marriage.
custom of a bride being given away originated
with the sale of the bride by the father to the
prospective groom. Today, the tradition is
considered a sign of the father entrusting his
beloved daughter to the care of her
ceremonial kiss that closes the marriage
ceremony is considered symbolic of an exchange
of spirit as each new spouse breathes a part of
the soul into the other.
custom of showering newlyweds with rice as they
depart for the honeymoon anticipates the
fruitfulness of the union. Today, birdseed,
confetti, or dried flowers have replaced the
celebration of marriage is heightened by the
offering of toasts to the bride and groom.
Ancient French custom encouraged the newlyweds
to drink the reception toast from a special cup
that was typically passed among family
generations. Today, couples are given special
toasting goblets for their reception.
your pastry chef to enclose bridesmaids' charms
-- one for each single woman in the wedding
party -- attached to ribbons placed in the
frosting of your wedding cake. Before you and
your husband cut the first slice of cake, the
bridesmaids are called to pull the ribbons, each
claiming a token that holds the promise of her
future -- hope, love, good luck, next to marry
or old maid.
one of the first domestic acts of your marriage,
you and your groom will cut the wedding cake
before it is served to guests at the reception.
The groom traditionally places his hand over
yours as a symbol of his desire to take care of
you. It is also said that the bride's hand must
be the first to cut the cake.
cutting the cake, the newlyweds often share a
taste by feeding each other. The ancient Romans
believed that the joint partaking of the cake
created a magic bonding. The sweetness
symbolized the couples' future happiness and the
grain held the promise of a fruitful union.
top layer of the wedding cake is customarily
taken home and frozen by the bride and groom,
who will share it as they celebrate their first
anniversary. It is believed that a cake that
lasts a year is the guarantee of a long
leaving to change for the honeymoon getaway, the
bride tosses her bouquet to an assembly of
unmarried bridesmaids and friends. The lucky
recipient is expected to be the next one to
the bride throws her bouquet, the groom removes
the garter she has worn on her leg and tosses to
an assembly of bachelor groomsmen and friends.
The one lucky enough to snag the garter
also prepare to marry next.