Its a special day here at Mountopia. Its our wedding anniversary 🙂
To mark the occasion, we have a child free night planned – thank you Nanny and Pops 😉
In the mean time, I thought I’d share a blog I did previously all about weddings. Enjoy 🙂
You might be surprised to learn that many things involved in a wedding today date back hundreds of years. While some traditions remain, others have evolved over time, and new trends have also come into play.
Something old provides protection for future children. Something new offers optimism for the future. Something borrowed from another happily married couple provides good luck. Something blue is a sign of purity and fidelity. A silver sixpence is a symbol of prosperity.
The word ‘wed’ comes from Anglo-Saxon times, and was an agreement between two families about the union of their children once they came of age. The ceremony that bound them together when old enough was therefore called a wedding. This has evolved over time to now signify love and happiness between a couple.
Many cultures and countries around the world have their own traditions.
For example, as part of the build-up to an Indian wedding, there is often a Mehndi ceremony/party where you see the bride and her bridal party use henna. Applied in intricate designs to the bride’s hands and feet, it’s believed the darker the henna the stronger and happier the marriage will be.
In oriental tradition, there is often a Tea Ceremony where the bride would serve tea to her and her partner’s family as a way of bonding the two families together.
Different cultures see the bride dressed in different colours too. White dresses became popular in western culture. Thought to traditionally symbolise purity and innocence, but this was actually down to a trend started by Queen Victoria – before this, wedding dresses were often a woman’s best dress that she could wear again for other functions. In Spain, black is worn to symbolise devotion, whilst in China and India, red is the colour dress commonly seen for the bride. In African countries, the bride often wears a woven cloth with a pattern that represents her roots and the history of her native land.
Not all cultures wear wedding rings either.
In many western culture countries, wedding and engagement rings are traditionally worn on the four finger of the left hand. This is an old Latin belief that the vein in this finger runs directly to the heart.
In Scandinavian countries, tradition dictates that both men and women exchange and wear engagement rings, consisting of a simple gold band. Because of this, it’s more common for women to initiate a proposal.
Irish folklore introduces us to the Claddagh ring. This can be used as an engagement ring, a wedding ring or a ring that symbolises friendship. Worn on either hand, the direction it faces lets people know what the ring represents – engagement, marriage or friendship.
Having a celebration of your love with your friends and families is a very important event, marking the start of your life together as a permanent couple. This will be an adventure of highs and lows, and, happiness and sadness. Most importantly, it’s a time to start making memories as a new family.
It’s interesting to look at the history of marriage and how it’s celebrated all over the world, but it is more important to know what marriage means to you and your significant other.