Did you know that Western marriage traditions date back to as early as Ancient Greek and Roman times? Marriage was more of a legal agreement than a romantic attempt. Women did not marry for love and they generally had no say in the matter; in some cases women didn’t actually meet their grooms until the wedding day!
Here are some ancient wedding traditions that have stood the test of time:
- Carrying bridal bouquets
- Fathers “giving away” their daughters
- The wedding cake
- The groom flings the bride’s garter
- White dresses and veils
In ancient times, people bathed once in a blue moon. For that reason, brides would carry a bouquet in an attempt to mask the odour; they were trying to smell good on their special day.
"Wedding" meant the acquisition of a bride for breeding purposes. In years gone by, the groom would pay the bride's father in order to acquire her hand in marriage – that is why it is the father-of-the-bride who "gives away" his daughter.
Today, the cake cutting represents the first activity performed as a couple, although historically the bride did this act alone to symbolise the loss of her virginity.
It was believed that the man who caught the bride’s garter would enjoy good luck throughout the year.
Still considered as traditional clothing, the colour "white" means purity and virginity, which was thought to ward off evil spirits for centuries.
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