Have you ever wondered why is confetti thrown over the bride and groom at a wedding?
And why should you have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue? Here are some of the meanings behind some of our wedding traditions.
Every part of a wedding is a special moment but we all admit that the throwing of confetti is up there with top memories we like to create
The tradition of throwing confetti over the bride and groom originally comes from Italy. Before paper confetti, there were flowers, petals, grain or rice thrown at the happy couple, to bestow prosperity and fertility upon them. This custom spread to other European countries, but by the 1890s the plaster confetti had been banned in France, and was substituted instead for coloured paper discs, similar to the ones we know today.
‘The Oxford English Dictionary’s first reference to the use of confetti at British weddings is dated 1895, ‘It says: “Visitors to the Riviera … were assured … that the confetti to be used at Eastbourne would be the small parti-coloured paper discs which are known in France, and which are taking the place of the time-honoured rice at English wedding festivities
However thinking about it a bunch of wedding guests standing around throwing tiny bits of paper and the happy couple does seem a bit ODD. But it stems from hundreds of years of tradition..”’
‘Rice was a symbol of fertility’ but it can sting quite a bit when it hits the skin – this may be one reason why it was gradually replaced by paper confetti.
‘Also, any French novelty had immediate appeal for the fashion conscious British!’
So there you have it – let’s all be pleased we’re no longer being pummelled with rice at weddings!
Why the garter?
The wedding garter is the oldest wedding tradition on the books dating back hundreds of years. Wedding guests would follow the newly married couple up to their bedroom and help them prepare for married life. As guests would help the couple de-robe, it was said to be good luck to get a piece of the bride’s wedding dress, which is where the garter toss tradition originated from.
There is no tradition on who would buy a bride’s wedding garter. If you want to buy one for a friend for her Hen party/bridal shower, it can be a really thoughtful gift. Else its perfectly fine to choose your own garter for your own wedding.
There is no particular leg that should wear your wedding garter. You can put your garter on whatever leg feels comfortable and natural to you! There is no good or bad luck involved with either leg.
The Symbol of the Ring?
According to a tradition believed to have been derived from the Romans, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand ring finger because there was thought to be a vein in the finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ said to be directly connected to the heart. Since ancient Egypt rings have been known to be the most intimate pieces that we wear. It is said that the wedding band must be an unbroken circle of solid gold or silver representing an everlasting marriage. With no stones or details representing a marriage free of distraction or complication.
Why something old something new something borrowed something blue?
This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme (“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe”), and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are just good luck charm.