It has become increasingly common for today’s couples to opt for a modern wedding, abandoning some customs that come with wedding tradition. Planning your wedding provides you and your significant other the opportunity to show your friends and family who you are as a couple. That doesn’t just apply to decor, design, and decoration- it also pertains to your service and reception.
Today’s “Traditional Wedding” is an amalgam of evolving superstitions, customs and traditions from all over the world. Everything from the dress to the honeymoon have commutated beginnings in the past, some more practical than others. Bouquets made of garlic and dill became popular during times of plague because of the misconception that these herbs could protect you from illness. Obviously, that has now changed to more fragrant and eye appealing flowers. Throwing the garter is believed to have come from ribald British and French wedding customs. In France it was believed the dress of the bride was lucky, so lucky in fact, it was common to rip a swatch off the Bride to bring home! Throwing the garter was one way to save the bride this harassment. Most surprising of all is that white wedding dresses became fashionable as recently as the Victorian Era. Before then the bride and bridesmaids would all wear the same dress. Superstition stated that this would prevent troublesome spirits from fixating on the bride and ruining the newly married couple’s union.
Everything on your Wedding Day should be what you imagined! Don’t let tradition dictate your style. After all, if tradition was never broken you would be walking down the aisle with a pungent bouquet of garlic and dill!