Wedding Traditions – Where Did They Come From?

 

If you have ever attended a wedding, then you have seen wedding traditions.  You probably never thought about why does the bride where white? Why does the groom have his own cake? Bury the Bourbon, what for? Why do the bride and groom cut the cake at the reception? So let’s take a look at some of most popular wedding traditions.  Let me help you understand where they came from and why we do them.

Bridesmaids – where did they originate from?

Have you ever been curious as to why we ask our friends to wear matching dresses and help the bride get ready for her big day? Originally bridesmaids did not wear colored gowns that would help the bride stand out.  Bridesmaids originally wore gowns that were very similar to the bride.  This was to confuse her exes and outsmart the evil spirits.  By wearing a gown similar to the bride, the evil spirits would not know who was actually getting married.

In early Roman era, it was the bridesmaids’ duty to surround the bride in a protective shield as they walked into the grooms village. The maids were dressed similar to the bride and if someone was to try to harm the bride, it was the maids’ duty to protect the bride at all costs! Maybe even with their life. Aren’t you glad that today, you just have to carry a bouquet and smile – not fight off evil or exes?

The Wedding Cake – Ring Cake Push– Why?

In the past it was a tradition for the groom to take a bite of bread after the ceremony.  Then it was also tradition for the groom to crumble the bread over the brides head for good luck.  Then the guests would surround the bride and try to collect some of the crumbs to get some of the good luck from the bride and groom.

Later the tradition changed to the Ring Cake Push.  What is the cake push you might ask?  Well, I am going to be honest, I had no idea about this tradition – however, it does lead to why we eat cake.  The cake push is where the bride push pieces of her wedding cake through her new wedding ring and hand it out to the guests.  The guests do not eat this, they take it home, place it under their pillow and hope that they will have good luck.  Now today, we just get to enjoy eating some yummy cake at the reception!

Best Man at Weddings - Where did the Tradition Come From

The Best Man

Originally the term “Best” Man did not refer to the grooms best friend, brothers, or comrades. The “Best” was added to the title of the man that was the strongest and most capable of being able to use a sword or weapon to fight off enemies and rival attackers during the ceremony. The “Best” man was also responsible to keep the bride from running away before the ceremony, making sure she didn’t escape and even kidnapping her at times.

Luckily today the honor of “Best” man is a title that goes along with planning the bachelor party, keeping the groom calm, making sure all the groomsmen are present and dressed correctly.  He will also be the one that will need to remember the rings and give a great toast at the reception.  Now, I am sure that the “Best” man is relieved that they do not have to do any of the hard stuff like the “Best” men of the past.

White Dress – Why does the Bride Where White?

The color white is the purest of all colors.  White is serene and calming that symbolizes new beginnings.  A white wedding dress is meant to represent purity, meaning that the bride is innocent and pure.  However, did you know that the originally wedding dresses were not white… they were gold or blue or even red. Dark Blue and Black were also worn a lot as these were the colors of the best dresses that the bride might own if she could not afford to purchase a new dress for the wedding.  White wedding dresses were worn in history; however, having a white wedding dress meant that you were wealthy or royal.

The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress caught on after Queen Victoria around 1840 wore it to get married. After that the white wedding dress was worn by brides to represent their purity and innocence.  Today, Brides are can wear whatever color they choose, but the tradition of the white wedding gown is still very prevalent and embraced by brides everywhere.

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue” –

This tradition started back in the Victorian era, to bring good fortune to the bride, especially when they were all worn together during the ceremony. The “something old” was worn to connect the bride to her past, “something new” was to signify the start of a new family and life.  “Something borrowed” is to something that would be taken into the new marriage, to bring the new happy couple good luck and good fortune. And then we have the “something blue” represents faithfulness and loyalty to the new union of lives.

There is an often forgotten line that comes at the end of the poem – “sixpence in my shoe” – So what is “sixpence” you might ask, “sixpence” was a former British monetary unit that was equal to six pennies. The “sixpence in the bride’s shoe” was given to her by her father to represent her with good luck just before she walked down the aisle, for extra luck, the coin was from the year that the bride was born.

Why are Wedding Veils used - What's the Tradition behind them?

Bridal Bouquet

In Ancient Greek times, the brides would carry cluster of herbs and spices.  The herbs and clusters were used to ward off evil spirits. That bundle of herbs and spices was believed to have magical powers that not only warded off evil spirits, but was also to bring the new couple good luck. The bouquet of herbs and spices transitioned to aromatic bouquets of beautiful flowers.

The Veil

The Veil originated in Ancient Greece and Rome and was used to keep the bride from receiving the “Evil Eye” from a family member that was not overly thrilled with the marriage.  It was later used to confuse evil spirits and even the devil from knowing who was getting married.  As some countries entered the time of “arranged marriages” the veil was used to mask the bride before the ceremony and then she could be “unveiled” to her new husband. Today, thankfully the veil is an accessory that some brides chose to wear and others chose not to. 

Saving the Top Layer of the Cake

 

Did you know that saving the top layer of your wedding cake was not originally started for you to be able to revisit your wedding a year later on your anniversary? This longstanding tradition actually is related to the rhyme that you might all be familiar with from childhood – “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage”. In the past it was customary for the newlyweds to announce that they were expecting a baby by their first anniversary. The top layer of the wedding cake was then used as a celebratory cake announcing the impending arrival of the baby.

 

 

And Finally, the Wedding Rings

The very first documentation of wedding rings date all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians.  The Ancient Egyptians exchanged braided reeds and hemp, then they placed them on the fourth finger of the left hand as they believed that there was a “vein of love” that ran from this finger directly to the heart.

In Ancient Rome and Greece, the ring symbolized that the bride now belonged to someone, and the ring was a dowry for the purchase of the bride.  Thankfully, today, the ring symbolizes the never ending circle of love.  As a ring has no beginning and no end, and the love that you have for your partner also has no ending.

So, there you have some of the wedding traditions that we still use today in one way or another. There are many more traditions that we will be discussing at some point, so look forward to learning more about the wedding traditions and why we have them!

Written by Tracee Storie

 

 

Reason #5 to come to the Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show – Great Wedding Professionals

 

Reason #5 to come to the Cake and Champagne Tasting Event and Bridal Show – Visit our Wedding Professionals!

  • Travel Companies
  • DJs
  • Venues
  • Hotels
  • BAKERIES!!!
  • Photographers
  • Formal Wear
  • Photo Booths
  • Videographers
  • Artists
  • Home Ownership Realtors/Lenders
  • Gift
  • Beauty

First of all, Complete Weddings & Events will be our Master of Ceremonies keeping the night swinging with great music and awarding gifts.  Anna from Physical Memories will be creating a video of our event – see her in action and check her booth out as well to schedule a high lite video of your wedding.  Also, we have photographers – Aurora Photography, and Patrick Pope Photography here.  Have you scheduled your honeymoon?   Talk to Vista Travel.  And, of course, Holiday Inn Airport West, wants to share with you information about their great venue.  And – there are many more that you can visit with as well.

Be sure to stop by and see Nancy and let her show you our new sister web site, VenuesofStLouis.com.  Everyone who likes our page will receive a complimentary gift.

Some of the bakers include McArthur’s Bakery, Cupcake Amore, Susie G’s, Sweets to Remember, Sweetology, Nothing Bundt Cake and New Day Gluten Free.

So, it’s a great time to come and have a fun night – sip champagne, eat cake, and just relax.

 

13 Reasons to Love Chocolate!

Forget death by chocolate. More and more research is showing that high quality, dark chocolate (or cocoa or cacao) may actually improve your health. Here are 13 reasons to love chocolate!

  1. Chocolate, cocoa, and cacao are high in the mineral magnesium which is essential for over 500 functions in your body, including:  heart health and muscle function.
  2. Chocolate may reduce the risk of heart failure.
  3. Cocoa and cacao contain plant nutrients called proanthocyanins. . These phytonutrients have been shown in research to protect against carcinogens and nervous system toxins.
  4. It lowers blood pressure in people whose blood pressure is high.
  5. Chocolate helps support the production of dopamine in the body.  Dopamine is a brain chemical that helps us feel good.  Impaired dopamine production is involved in brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Foods that aid the production of dopamine may be helpful in the prevention of such illnesses.
  6. Cocoa, or chocolate with high amounts of it, lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol).
  7. According to preliminary research cocoa and dark chocolate may help protect the kidneys from disease.
  8. Eating chocolate increases the levels of endorphins—the body’s own natural pain killers. Eating dark chocolate may help reduce pain.
  9. Raw cacao increases the amount of a substance called N-arachidonoylethanolamide in the brain (try saying that 10 times fast, or even just once correctly!).  It is a neurotransmitter that improves communication between brain and nerve cells.
  10. Consumption of raw cacao increases weight loss in overweight individuals, according to research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
  11. Eating dark chocolate causes the release of hormones called phenylethylamines (PEAs) that are also released when we are in love, helping us to feel happy.
  12. The high concentration of phytonutrients called flavonoids in dark chocolate are potent antioxidants. Antioxidants help eliminate free radicals associated with aging and inflammation in the body.
  13. It just tastes great! That’s enough reason for most people.

 

 

2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

A delicious wedding cake is the sweetest ending to a perfect wedding celebration.  Collect inspiration at the 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show on Thursday night, September 22, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Airport West located in Earth City just off Highway 70 from 6pm to 8:30pm. Whether you style is modern and trendy, traditional, or vintage you can not only see a large selection of beautiful cakes, but you will also get to TASTE the cakes.

When you arrive you will receive a ballot to vote for your favorite cake.  Cakes will be plated and numbered and you will vote by number – so it’s a blind taste test.  We will also vote for the best, most artistic looking cake as well.   Vote results will be announced at 8:15pm.

Enjoy champagne, appetizers and a fun evening.   There will be 35 to 40 professional wedding vendors there as well so it’s a great time to start planning your special day.  Be sure to bring your wedding party, friends, family, and yes, the groom too.

You could be the winner of the $200.00 GRAND PRIZE from BrideStLouis.  Additional prizes will be awarded during the night as well.

What’s not to love – great music, good fun, and cake, of course!

To register now and save $3.00 go to www.BrideStLouis.com and you will find a link on the home page of our web site.    The first 100 brides to register will receive a FREE gift as well.  Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door.

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

 

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

Personalized Cake Toppers

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There is a new product here in town that is really amazing.  Captured Moments In Art (www.CapturedMomentsinArt.com) creates personalized cake toppers that are created from scratch with polymer clay and mixed medium to make images that replicate YOU!    Imagine seeing your image on the top of a cake. They do not use pre-made plastic body parts – everything is custom design to achieve correct height, shape, etc.  What a wonderful keepsake to your wedding.

Here are some images taken from a bridal show where I found Faith, the owner.  For more information refer to our vendor section (www.BrideStLouis.com/listings) under the category “other” to find complete contact information.

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Wedding Cakes – Part IV

 

Here are a few more cakes for additional ideas.   Any color, any size, flowers, ribbons, rhinestones — just about anything you can think of can be incorporated to decorate your cake.  Some brides keep it simple, while others have elaborate details.  Let us know if any of these cakes inspired you.  Everyone of our wedding cake bakers deserves a wonder hand of applause for such creative work.

Once again thanks to Patty Cakes, Celebrating Life Cakes, Sugar & Spice Laura’s Delight, Susie G’s Specialty Cakes, Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café, and The Cup.

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