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We all know the standard wedding traditions: Wearing white, not seeing the bride before the ceremony, wearing a veil until you’re in front of the altar … But where do these traditions come from and why do we still follow them?

Here’s the logic (or at least reason or tradition) behind some of the wedding traditions we follow today:


Originally serving as decoy brides, this tradition comes from ancient times where people sought to stop evil spirits that might want to cause the bride harm by having similarly dressed bridesmaids standing around the bride, thereby confusing the evil spirits.

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue…

The wedding tradition of something old symbolises the bride’s past and life with her family before the wedding, and that she is bringing this with her into her new life. The something new represents the new future and new life the bride is starting on her wedding day. Something borrowed from a happily married woman brings luck and good fortune, while something blue represents love and fidelity – good things with which to start married life.


Nowadays we use dried paper or more likely rose petals because it looks pretty (soap bubbles also being a popular alternative). The origin of this wedding tradition is from when people used to throw rice or grain at the newlywed couple, symbolising and encouraging fertility.

Wedding cake

Originally this used to be crumbled over the wedding couple’s heads as a blessing of fertility … good thing that changed!

Carried over the threshold

Another means to scare off bad omens and evil spirits, the groom had to carry his new wife over the threshold of their new home – should the bride stumble, it was seen as a bad omen.

While we don’t put a lot of stock into the origin of these wedding traditions today, we do tend to follow them. Why? Good question. But they do make weddings more fun and add that touch of gravitas to the Big Day!

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