Dating back as far as ancient Rome, wedding traditions have been a prominent factor in ceremonies for as long as we can remember. Today, modern weddings represent a declaration of intended lifetime faithfulness, love and commitment in contrast to the unions of yesteryear which were often representative of a business transaction. With love and romance at the forefront of today’s marriages, it is not surprising that tradition plays an important role in the ceremony, and beyond.
Admittedly modern society and an acceptance of equality have seen some aspects of traditional weddings dwindle, but the majority are upheld and considered as relevant today as they were in the past. It is difficult to imagine wearing a wedding band on any other finger than the fourth finger of the left hand. This tradition derived from Ancient Roman tradition, where they believed this finger was a direct line to the heart.
Another recognised wedding tradition, particularly in the UK, is the wearing of a white wedding dress. Although brides marry in an array of different colours today, white, or a close derivative, remains the most popular choice. The tradition was set by the British in the 19th century when Royal Weddings were as eagerly anticipated as they are today. When Queen Victoria walked down the aisle to marry her beloved Prince Albert in a beautiful white wedding dress, the tradition was born. Studies of fashions from the Middle Ages and Ancient Rome indicate that the veil played a major role in weddings, worn as a symbol of purity and modesty whilst keeping evil spirits at bay. Veils have been in and out of trend in more recent history but are still considered by many brides to be the accessory which completes the bridal look. The veil represents a traditional role for the father-of-the-bride and groom too, lifting the veil when giving their daughter away or when the groom kisses the bride.
On the subject of the father of the bride, the concept behind the bride being given away by her father has evolved. Traditionally centred around the idea that daughters were property and ownership would be transferred on wedding days, nowadays this tradition is about blessing, accepting and welcoming the groom into the family.
Considering just four of many wedding traditions, there is reason to believe that these and others are still instrumental factors in current ceremonies; and are certainly not outdated. If you would like help in achieving these traditions for your special day, then contact us today on 01799 526982 or visit our website to see our range of dresses, veils and other accessories.