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What Does It Mean?


You know what all the common wedding traditions are, but do you know where they came from or what they mean?

Groom’s Cake-  A deeply-rooted Southern custom. According to superstition, any single woman at a wedding should go home with a slice of groom’s cake and sleep with it under her pillow. That night, she’ll dream of her future husband. Whether or not this holds true, it seems that the groom’s cake is making a comeback, and not just in the South.

Tying the Knot- This comes from the days of the Roman empire when the Bride wore a girdle that was tied in knots. The Groom untied the knots before they, well… you know.

Diamond Engagement Ring- Italians started this tradition, they beleived the diamond was created from the flames of love.

Garter- Brides originally tossed a garter, rather than a bouquet, at a wedding reception. In the 14th century, this custom changed after Brides became tired of fighting off the drunken men who tried to remove the garter themselves!

Ring Finger- Prior to the 5th century, the ring finger was actually the index finger. Later, it was believed that the third finger contained the vena amoris, “vein of love” that led directly to the heart.

Tossing the Bouquet- Guests used to try to rip pieces of the bride’s dress and flowers in order to keep some of her good luck. To escape, the bride would toss her bouquet and run away. Today the bouquet is tossed to single women with the idea that whoever catches it will be the next to marry.

The Best Man- “Marraige By Capture” this goes back to when men would kidnapp or capture the woman they wanted to make their bride. This obviously was not a one man job, and of course the future groom would only choose the “best man” he knew to come long for such an important task.

The Groom’s Boutonniere-  This goes back to medieval times when a knight wore his lady’s “colors,” proudly displayed for all to see.

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  • Oh my goodness….interesting note there. I would never have dreamt, this is where some of those known references had originated LOL
    Thanks for sharing.

    October 7, 2007 at 4:18 pm
  • oh my goodness!! well, i suppose if you sleep with cake under your pillow then even if you don’t dream up the love of your life, you at least get to wake up and eat cake in bed! albeit a little squished. 🙂

    October 8, 2007 at 6:40 pm
  • LOL Jillian, in my book– cake is cake.

    October 8, 2007 at 8:35 pm
  • How informative!!! I go to weddings every week and I didn’t even know the meaning fo some of thsi stuff.

    October 8, 2007 at 10:43 pm
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