THE BRIDE'S ALBUM
The wedding ceremony as we know it contains a wealth of symbolic elements that characterize and add to the meaning. These vary depending on the place where the wedding is to be celebrated, drawing on and playing homage to the celebrants' cultural roots, but all these traditions in all times and places have one thing in common: they invariably represent the wishes of happiness and prosperity for the new path the couple has undertaken, in this explanatory writings in this SIMPLY GORGEOUS WEDDINGS WEBSITE you will discover the significance of some of the most evocative wedding traditions, both in order to consciously choose which ones to apply and, why not, to have fun discovering the many curious habits and propitiatory beliefs that have surrounded this special day for centuries
HOW TO CHOOSE THE DIAMOND, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire FOR THE PERFECT ENGAGEMENT RING?
Wedding rings go back to ancient times. They already appeared in Roman days, when the distinction between the engagement ring known as the anulus pronubus, which sealed a promise of marriage, and the wedding ring proper the vinculum, originated. The latter was made of iron and worn by the husband only, but the custom extended to the wife, who sometimes wore a wedding ring bearing a little key, a sign of authority in the family. The wearing of the wedding ring after marriage was not consolidated until after the 17th century, while the custom surviving today, engraving the names of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding inside the rings going back to the 18th century. Use of gold as the preferred material for a wedding is a Christian custom, replacing the iron still surviving today. Because of its great symbolic value, the precious metal: the strongest known of its time; was in fact considered a symbol of eternity.
According to the tradition, the wedding ring exchanged by the bride and groom during the ceremony is worn by the bride and groom. This is also a custom from the past: it originated with the ancient Geeks, who believed the left finger to be joined directly to the heart through the vein of love--vena amoris. The part of the body most appropriate for the custody of a little jewel symbolizing ETERNAL LOVE.
HOW TO KNOW HISTORICALLY TO CHOOSE THE CUSTOMARY VEIL WITH THE DRESS?
The wedding veil has historically been an essential part of the bride's outfit, though few are aware of its true meaning. A custom of wearing a veil over the face has been around for centuries. It was already well established in the days of the Roman Empire. When marriages were often arranged by the families of those concerned for political or economic reasons. On these occasions the bride and groom had never met before the wedding day, and the bride's face was covered After the two had exchanged vows, encouraging the groom to focus on the real significance of the union rather than on the future wife's physical appearance and, more mundanely, ensuring that he did not change his mind about accepting the woman who had been chosen for him. Over the years the wedding veil had taken on different meanings. As a barrier for protecting the bride from any evil spirits in the Middle Ages then as a symbol of her purity. The veil is primarily worn as a decorative element of the bride's gown. Whether it is chosen to follow tradition or simply to suit personal taste. It is definately the bride's most evocative accessory. Despite its great symbolic value, however the veil too must be chosen to suit the style of the dress and of the wedding itself. There are various forms and styles of veils to choose from, with different names depending on their lengths. The most traditional, the two layered veil.
THROWING THE BOUQUET
Another unforgettable moment in any wedding is throwing the bouquet. Though this is a favorite wedding tradition, few people are aware of its meaning, or of its history of the bouquet itself. The bridal bouquet is now an essential accessory, but it traditionally represented much more than this, the conclusion of the engagement and the start of their new life together. Though the bride now chooses her bouquet to make sure it matches her dress perfectly, it was originally the bridegroom's last gift to his finance before the marriage ceremony delivered on the day of the wedding, to the bride's home. The origins of this custom are easily identified; it dates back to the 8th century Flrobio, where wedding gowns were decorated with bunches of orange blossoms, favorite for centuries the favorite bridal flower. Ever since its origins the bouquet has been a symbol of grace, happiness, and prosperity. So why throw away the wedding bouquet?
The belief was that in order for them to bring good luck, the flowers the bride wore had to pass through the hands of three different persons, from the bridegroom to the bride and then to a single girl.
In line with this tradition, outside the church, or, more commonly these days, at the end of the reception, the bride would turn her back to a group of single female quests and throws her bouquet without looking ; the girl who catches it will be the first to receive a marriage proposal.
HOW TO MAKE CHOICES ON THE WEDDING AND GROOM'S CAKE?
The wedding cake is not just a key part of the wedding bouquet, it is a tradition with a fascinating history that began in Ancient Greece, where it was made out of flour, barley and salt. The result was something like a big flatbread and every guest had to break off a bit to ensure the couple's happiness and fertility.
In the Middle Ages the custom changed radically, every participant came to the ceremony with a special wedding gift, with a sweet cake which was placed on top of those brought by other wedding guests so they all piled up to form a little tower.
The higher the tower, the happier the marriage would be. This is of course the origin of the custom of the wedding cake on different levels as we know it today.
The traditional white icing first appeared under the name "royal icing" at Queen Victoria's wedding, at the middle of the 19th century. The whiteness of the glaze was not only a reference to the bride's virginal purity, but to the wealth of the family, as refined sugar was still very expensive at that time: the whiter the cake, the bigger the dowry! Cutting the cake also has important symbolic significance. The opportunity simple act is it is actually the first thing the new husband and wife do together, and is regulated by a set of specific rules. The wedding cake must be brought before the guests whole.
The tradition is that the groom starts to cut the first slice, then the bride finishes the act, serving the cake to her husband, her mother-in-law, her mother, then her father-in-law, father then the witnesses, in this order, symbolizing her rise to the position of Mistress of the house in her new family.