The United States is a melting pot, so American weddings have become a beautiful blend of many different cultures and traditions. Trends come and go (just think of all the mason jars and dessert stations that you’ve seen at weddings in recent years!). But, if you want your wedding to be more timeless than trendy, consider incorporating some of classic traditions that have been in hiding for years. We think it’s time to bring these sweet rituals back!
1. Tying The Knot
It turns out there is deep symbolism behind the phrase “tying the knot.” It refers to an old Irish and Scottish ritual called hand-fasting. The officiant ties the couple’s hands together with a brightly colored ribbon or cord.
2. Wedding Bells
The church bells tolling at the beginning and/or end of a wedding ceremony was once thought to ward off any evil or negative spirits. As many wedding ceremonies have moved out of the church and fewer churches seem to have bells, this tradition has fallen by the wayside. But, don’t give up on this one yet.
3. Sixpence In Your Shoe
Most of us are familiar with the rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” But, not as many are aware of the last line, “and a sixpence in her shoe.” The sixpence was given by a father to the bride to symbolize all the blessings he had for her. By giving her the sixpence, he was symbolically wishing her great health, wealth and happiness that could be passed down with the coin from generation to generation.
5. Groom’s Cake
You may think this cake is all about the men, but that’s not how it originated. Single ladies were the focus behind this cake. After a wedding was over, each unmarried female guest would take home a piece of the second cake and place it beneath her pillow.
6. Decorating The Car
The ritual of decorating the bride and groom’s “getaway car” with flowers on the hood and ribbons streaming from the side mirrors or antenna began in Germany.