A wedding is a ceremony where a
couple being married exchange
vows and begin their marriage to each other.
Through out the world there are
wedding traditions that have emerged over the
centuries. For instance, the throwing of rice
as the couple embark on their honeymoon is thought
to bestow prosperity and good luck to the new
family. Others include:
- The Bride Wears White -
White has stood for purity over the last century and
was a symbol of joyous celebration in the Roman
- The Honeymoon - Many marriages In ancient
times began when a man would carry off a woman he
wanted to a hidden place where she couldn't be found
by her family. For a period of about 28 days
(one moon cycle) he would woo his chosen woman and
they would drink an alcoholic beverage made with
honey. Thus was born the word and tradition of
- The Wedding Cake - In early Rome a thin
loaf of bread would be broken over the brides head
to symbolize fertility. A few hundred years
later it became customary for the couple to kiss
over a cluster of small cakes. This eventually
took the form of the modern wedding cake.
- Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold - In
ancient times when the bride was taken without her
permission the groom had to carry her through the
doorway. Later it was believed this would keep
demons from the brides family from entering the
- The Engagement Ring - At one time during
human history a groom would acquire a bride by
purchasing her from her family. The ring
served as a symbol betrothal and as a partial
payment of the groom's honorable intent.
Diamonds, because they are so hard, are thought to
stand for enduring love and in the middle ages were
used to scratch love messages into glass panes.
- Giving the Bride Away - During times when
brides could be purchased, the bride was literally
given by her father to the groom upon receipt of the
payment that had been agreed upon. Today it
more of a symbol of blessing of the marriage by the
There are many more wedding traditions steeped in
the beliefs from the past not mentioned here.
An engagement today is an
agreement between a couple to be married at a future
date. Normally the man is expected to provide
the woman with a gold and diamond ring to symbolize
his intentions. Engagements can last from just
a few days to several years before the wedding takes
place. Modern engagements are
though to extend from a decree in the thirteenth
century by Pope Innocent III that proposed marriages
where to be announced publicly so that any
impediments to the marriage could be brought
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