Traditions And Superstitions
Traditions, customs & conventions.
Traditions, customs, conventions and superstitions, whether you reliase it or not, are probably all a part of your wedding. Although most of these rituals started in times when marriage was a very different thing to what it is today, their core symbolism relates to the unification of a couple– to a ‘couple’ becoming one.
And because they can still apply to ‘marriage’ as we know it today, they still exist, and are still followed.
The Eternal bond.
The never-ending circle, complete union without end, is most readily symbolized in marriage in Australia today by wedding rings. Customs comply with ‘the eternal bond’ in various ways. The wedding ceremony of the Greek Orthodox holding a crown over the couple.
In the Jewish tradition, the ceremony takes place under a ‘Huppah’, where a couple shares a glass of wine. The groom then breaks the glass, freezing the moment in time. Some cultures believe that by sharing rice from the same bowl, the bride and groom show their oneness. Similarly, in Japanese custom, the couple takes three sips of rice wine to seal their union.
Showering the new bride and groom with rice is a tradition started in Asia that is considered a symbol of fertility. We have seen rice replaced with confetti, and as we enter the 21st century, bubbles seem to be the way to go.
Carried over the threshold .. And into the honeymoon.
This romantic, gesture was not very chiropractically sound. Custom is believed to have derived from the time when tribal man bopped his chosen wife over the head,and carried her away where her kin couldn't find them. Today, the groom will carry his bride over the doorway ( and not much further ) of the room where they will spend their first night together as a married couple. The custom of a ‘ honeymoon ‘ is said to have similar origins. One month of seclusion was considered enough time for the bride’s kin to call off the search for her.
Something old, Something new.
The tradition of wearing ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ is still
Recongnised by many bride’s. Something old represents the brides family ties and her life before marriage , while something new represents the new life she is entering. Something borrowed represents the importance of family and friends, while something blue represents their faithfulness to each other and their union.
Brides often choose Jewellery to satisfy the something old part of the superstition, while their wedding gown and other clothing often fulfill the something new part.
Something borrowed can be represented by a handkerchief, and something blue is commonly a garter tied with blue ribbon, or sapphire turquoise jewellery.
A sixpence in your shoe.
Slipping a silver sixpence , penny or silver coin into your wedding shoe before you walk down the aisle is said to promise future wealth.
A kiss from a chimney sweep is a superstition that is increasingly recognised at Weddings and originally started in England. This charming practice involves an authentic chimney sweep kissing the bride on her Wedding Day. The Kiss is supposed to be Lucky, ensuring the marriage is a happy and prosperous one. Even if you happen to see a chimneysweep on your Wedding Day is also considered lucky. While it is not common knowledge there is chimneysweeps in Australia.
Over 400 years ago, so the Superstition says, a chimney sweep saved the life of a King. So impressed was the King he invited the chimney sweep to attend the wedding of his daughter. He was introduced to the princess who greeted him warmly for saving the life of the King. When the chimney sweep shook hands with the groom and kissed the bride this was seen as passing on good luck. After this, chimney sweeps became a popular sight at weddings. Royalty have had a chimney sweep attend every wedding since then. Through the years there have been many different tales of just how the chimney sweep saved the life of the King. The luck of a chimney sweep being at a Wedding has never changed.