Wedding Traditions

I was talking this week to a Bride and Groom who informed me that they really wanted their wedding to reflect ‘wedding traditions.’ This got me thinking about how many historic wedding traditions there actually are.

When I started looking into this, I realized that wedding traditions such as asking the Bride’s father for his daughter’s hand in marriage are fading out.

A recent study has found the courteous gesture of asking the future father-in-law for his permission is now considered ‘too cheesy’.

As for the Bride wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue, this tradition too has fallen by the wayside due to it being ‘impractical’, the study showed.

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The Groom carrying the Bride across the threshold also appears to be becoming a thing of the past because most couples now co-habit before their nuptials.

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I think these traditions should be kept alive and are a lovely part of the whole wedding experience! I found the following figures which make very interesting reading.

The changing face of wedding traditions

 

1960s (%)

2000’s (%)

Bride’s father was asked for his permission

47

15

Something old, new, borrowed, blue

64

39

Glass of sherry before heading to the altar

10

4

The Bride’s mother sitting next to Groom’s father

33

18

Bride changed into ‘going away suit’

51

7

‘Just Married’ on the car

20

11

Cans tied to back of car

22

6

Carried partner over the threshold

68

13

In my view it is a shame that these traditions are fading out over the years- I think they should carry on!

I would love to hear if you are hoping to carry out any of these traditions for your proposed wedding or if you are already married and you did!

Source – 9th September Daily Mail Article

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