Weddings are so special and sacred that it often takes months or more of tedious preparation. Historically, weddings have been celebrated in various ways as one of the most sacred ceremonies in life. This is the reason why the wedding event is packed with traditions depending on the culture, religion and customs in a certain places or countries.
One significant influence passed down from generation to generation is the white wedding tradition. It has been popularized through the marriage of Queen Victoria where the white colored garments represent purity.
A white wedding dress and a veil is just one of the traditions each bride tends to follow. In addition, one common modern wedding tradition is that the bride not only wears a white wedding dress, but along with it something borrowed, something blue, something old, and something new.
Another wedding ritual, or let’s say a superstition, that we follow is that the groom should not see his bride in her wedding dress until the big day. We really don’t know the reason behind it but it’s just a step to shoo away any bad luck for the bride and groom. There’s no harm in doing it anyway!
Bridalguide gives us an insightful reason of this wedding superstition: During the time when arranged marriages were custom, the betrothed couple wasn’t allowed to see each other before the wedding at all. The wedding symbolized a business deal between two families (romantic, huh?), and a father would have been pleased for his daughter to marry a man from a rich, land-owning family. But he also feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and thought she wasn’t attractive, he’d call off the wedding, casting shame onto the bride and her family. Therefore, it became tradition that the bride and groom were only allowed to meet at the wedding ceremony so that the groom did not have the opportunity to change his mind. And that veil the bride wears? Its original purpose was also to keep the groom from finding out what the bride looked like until the last possible minute, when it was too late to back out of the transaction.
The origin of this wedding superstition may not be so romantic but it’s not how it is done today. The tradition is being followed up to this day not because of fear but because of that romantic way of conveying to the bride that she is worth the wait.
Waiting makes this special day for the bride and groom more special and exciting!
Watch how these grooms reacted upon seeing their brides! Priceless!
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