Oh my goodness, there are so many wedding traditions that we take for granted. We just plop them into the Timeline and anxiously wait with anticipation for them to happen. But, have you ever wondered where these crazy traditions came from? I have, so I'm going to give you a little bit of history behind all these fun features that we all know and love.
First off...the tossing of things...
The tossing of the bridal bouquet stems from 14th century England. Evidently, after the ceremony, villagers would rush the bride to try to rip off pieces of her dress for good luck. It was believed that if you could grab a piece of the brides gown, or her flowers, then you too would have the good fortune of marriage in your future.
So...to save themselves from harm, and keep their dresses from being ripped to shreds, brides began tossing their bouquets to the maddening crowds as they made their get away with their new groom.
Then the lucky lassie who caught the bouquet was on her own to defend it from the rest of the crowd. Sounds like fun to me...NOT! LOL!
This is a bit more disturbing, and a wee bit barbaric, if you ask me. In keeping with the belief that one would receive good luck, and find marital bliss, if you were able to grab a bit of clothing from the bride, Medieval Englander's believed that a marriage was not a 'marriage' until it had been consummated. So, once the ceremony was done, the bride and groom were escorted to their 'martial bed' by well-wishers who crowded around to witness the consummation. Eww...can we have some privacy here?
These well-wishing voyeurs would then clammer for a piece of the brides undergarments to prove that they were actually lucky enough to witness the act. Again, eww...!!! So grooms began removing a piece of their beloveds clothing, namely a garter, and tossing it to the crowd to fight over so he and his misses could have a bit of privacy.
And as with the bouquet toss, the lucky lad that caught the garter, was guaranteed to find a wife. There are no reports as to whether or not that happened...hee hee...!
Today these traditions are done in fun...thank goodness!!!! And some couples are choosing to break with tradition and forgo the tossing of the bouquet and garter. Could this be the start of a new tradition? We'll just have to wait and see!!!!
If you loved this travel back in time...just wait, there's more to come!
Until next time....
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