Weddings when you stop and think about them can be really weird. We do a whole lot of things that we wouldn’t normally do just because we’re supposed to. Take wearing a veil, while totally awesome, when else would you walk around with a piece of curtain netting over your face?
The brilliant thing is that apart from the legal bits that you have to say during a wedding ceremony, none of these weird when you thing about them traditions have to be included if you don’t want to.
Wedding bouquets were originally made of such strong herbs as thyme and garlic, which were meant to frighten away evil spirits, and to cover the stench emitting from people who had not bathed recently! Pretty sure with the invention of modern plumbing most of us can mange a shower these days.
Early Brides and Bridesmaids wore similar dresses in order to confuse evil spirits into attacking the Bridesmaids rather than the Bride. Hmm not sure how many evil spirits I've seen at weddings lately.
The Best Man
Back when it was common place to kidnap the Bride in order to get her to show up at her own wedding, the best man was simply the best man for the job to ensure that the bride was in fact caught and brought along to the wedding.
When marriages were arranged by family members, the newlyweds very rarely were allowed to see one another. Family members who were exchanging the dowry were afraid that if the Groom didn't like the appearance of the Bride's face, he might refuse to marry her. Only after lifting her veil just prior to the ceremony did the Groom see the Bride's face for the first time ..... surprise!
It used to be believed that newlyweds brought good luck, so guests used to shower them with nuts and grains in the hope of a bountiful harvest that year, along with blessing them with many children to work their land. This has evolved into the confetti throwing at modern weddings.
Tiered Wedding Cakes
In medieval England, guests would play a game were they would stack cakes higher and higher and the bridal couple would have to kiss over taller and taller piles of wedding cake. This lead to the tiered cakes we have today.
Originally weddings were publically announced and open to all public affairs to in an attempt to stop incest. It’s still commonly believed that weddings have to open to the public today which is untrue with most people not really wanting to marry their cousin anymore.