There are a lot of traditions to keep track of when it comes to a wedding. What is even more surprising to realize is that there are many amazing traditions and cute gestures that have been around for hundreds of years that aren’t even used as much anymore. Keep reading if you want to learn about some incredible and sweet customs that are definitely making a comeback!
Tying the Knot
When it comes to common wedding jargon, most of us have probably heard the phrase “tying the knot” at some point, but what a lot of people don’t know, is that it comes from an actual tradition that was extremely important back in the day. Originating in Ireland and Scotland hundreds of years ago, the tradition calls for the officiant of a wedding to tie the couple’s hands together with a piece of colorful ribbon or string that symbolizes the eternal bond of their marriage. We’re not sure about you, but that is one of the more adorable pieces of symbolism we have ever seen.
Another sweet saying that refers to the big day is somebody hearing “wedding bells”, which sure enough, has a long and literal history of its own. Bells ringing at the end of a ceremony symbolized the rejection of any negativity from a new marriage and blessed them with a long, fruitful union. Oftentimes it was less of the wedding bells and more of a small hand-held bell that was rung at the end of the ceremony, which was then gifted to the newlyweds. If there was ever any tension between the new husband and wife, one of them would ring the bell to serve as a reminder of their commitment and caring for each other.
Decorating the Car
This is probably the most common of the old traditions in terms of how much it is still used today. Decorating the car of the newlyweds is a relatively simple gesture, but is still fun to explain nonetheless. Starting in Germany many years ago, ribbon and bright bows would be fastened to the proclaimed “getaway car” for the new couple, which was the way guests could follow them to the reception and make sure they didn’t sneak away to the honeymoon. The wedding guests would honk their horn all the way from the wedding to the reception to get the festive mood of the party going before they even got there, making it the loudest and most adorable sentiment ever.
The money dance is a relatively straight forward tradition, because it is exactly what the name implies. Varying from country to country in terms of the exact way it is carried out, the purpose of the dance is to wish the bride and groom good luck with a small gift of cash in exchange for a dance. Any guest that wants to dance with the couple will walk up and put their offering in a silk bag or even pin it to the bride or grooms clothes! After the dance is over, the newlyweds frequently have quite the impressive sum of money to start off their new union the right way!
Not sure about you, but seeing all of these adorable wedding traditions and their true meaning makes us over at All About the Gown by Judy want to just melt! If you are getting ready for your big day and looking for that all-important wedding dress, trust that you are in safe hands with us because your happiness is our number one priority.