worldly wedding traditions

Wedding traditions are passed on through generations with the hope it will bring good luck and fortune to the newlywed couple. It is believed the ‘something old, something blue’ rhyme originated in Victorian times although some of the customs referred to are much older. The ‘something blue’ can be traced back to ancient Rome when brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty and fidelity, and became a popular colour for wedding gowns in the 19th century. Today most brides choose to marry in white/ivory; a symbol of maidenhood.

It’s not only the British couples who incorporate wedding traditions into their big day. All over the world different countries have unique customs. After a little research, here are a few of my favourites that can easily be adapted to any wedding, anywhere in the world.

Belgium

Brides carry a specially embroidered handkerchief with their name on it on their wedding day. It is kept safe until the next female member of the bride’s family is to be wed and their name is added to it, and so on. This touching family heirloom can be started by anyone. Tamielle has a great selection of cotton, ladies hankies. The bouquet style is definitely my favourite and ties in nicely with the overall wedding feel.

Czechoslovakia

Friends of the bride will plant a tree in their garden and decorate with painted eggs and colourful ribbons. Legend believes the bride would live as long as the tree – quite a big incentive to make sure it is fed and watered! Follow in the footsteps of Czech style and decorate your venues surrounding tress in yards of ribbon and beautiful, hanging ornaments. Spread the love with these Open Hearts on Ribbon or keep in tune with the nature feel of things and hang rustic-inspired Metal Birds from tree branches.

Cyprus

This is definitely my favourite tradition and one I may have to introduce on my wedding day. In Cyprus money is pinned to the newlywed couple during their first dance, as a gesture to help get them started in their new life together. I would have to pick a really long song to make the most of these wonderful donations!

Italy

Here’s one for the groom! In Italy the groom would carry a piece of iron in their pocket to ward off evil spirits. To change it up a bit, why not give your groom a special trinket the morning of your wedding day? It would give them something personal to hold on to as they wait at the other end of the aisle for their stunning bride. A personalised momentos is the perfect gift for your husband-to-be. This Personalised Wedding Plectrum is the perfect size for a suit pocket or a Silver Charm Keyring, with choice of message and charm (I’d pick the heart as a symbol of giving yours to him!), for them to later attach the keys to your shared life together.

With so many wedding traditions out there, it must be hard including them all into your special day. We would love to hear what customs you are keeping with or any you are quite happy to do without. One thing I’m certain of, the wedding tradition from Cyprus may have to become one of my family’s. After all, every penny helps!

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  1. There are a few quite individual Bermuda wedding traditions.
    Planting a tree (cedar) at where the reception is held; if it is at either parents house or at the new matrimonial home. This is seen as a sign of fertility.
    Having a bride’s cake and a groom’s cake. The bride’s cake is usually a tiered, rich, dark fruit cake (with plenty of alcohol) iced with marzipan and silver leaf. There may also be a cedar tree sapling on top (see above). The groom’s cake would be a single layer pound cake, iced with marzipan and gold leaf.
    The bride and her father travelling by horse and carriage to the ceremony.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Stephanie. The bride travelling by horse and carriage is definitely seen as more of a choice rather than a ‘tradition’ in the UK, so that’s really interesting to know. We also love the idea of planting a tree as a lasting and living memory of the day. And who could object to having two cakes?! Not only is there more to go round – it also gives you more room to cater to all tastes! Thank you again.

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