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The Origin of Wedding Traditions

The Bridal Shower

At one time, marriage was a business proposition between parents of the bride and groom. Love was not important. What was? The price the groom's family paid for the bride and the size of the bride's dowry. The first shower? A poor Dutch miller fell in love with a maiden whose father forbade the match and refused to provide a dowry. The miller's friends came to the rescue and showered the bride-to-be with enough gifts in order to start housekeeping. Want to make shower-shopping easy for your friends? When you visit your Wedding Gift Registry to list your china, silver, and crystal choices, also sign up for kitchen gadgets, linens, cookware, and whatever else you need to set up your first home.

The Honeymoon

The first marriages were by capture, not choice. When early man felt it was time to take a bride, he carried off an unwilling woman to a secret place where her relatives wouldn't find them. While the moon went through all phases-about 340 days-they hid from the searchers and drank a brew made from honey. Hence, we get the word honey-moon, now meaning a romantic trip like the one you and your groom will take after your wedding. If you two want to find out where pink sand beaches and blue crystal waters are, which places tuck themselves in at sunset, or which swing till dawn, just ask your travel agent. He'll help you plan a perfect dreamy honeymoon you'll love.

The Bride & Groom Exchange Gifts

On their wedding day, the groom gifts his bride with a very special present that tells her of his love and his joy that she has consented to become his wife. This gift she usually wears at the alter. The bride may choose to give her groom a wedding day memento also. Her gift is entirely optional but most brides to take this opportunity to convey their love in this way. The custom of a gift exchanged between the bride and the groom centers around gifts of jewelry. Jewelry is appropriately significant and properly sentimental for commemorating the wonderful day of their wedding. The jeweler has many winsome treasures that are exactly right as timeless keepsakes for both the bride and groom.His guidance and advice can always be counted on to help each make a meaningful gift choice that will be prized and cherished for years to come.

Throwing Rice

Since the remotest times, from India to Persia and ancient Rome to the British Isles, cereal grains have been thrown at newly-married for luck and fertility. Confetti is a modern substitute. The original word meant "sweetmeats", springing from the custom in medieval Europe of hurling bonbons at the couple in front of the church. At Roman weddings, nuts were used in place of cereal grains, and are sometimes still strewn at wedding brunches in France.

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