Traditional Wedding

Traditional Wedding

Traditional Wedding

What makes a wedding traditional can vary by country to country because every culture has their own beliefs and customs. A trend in recent years has been bringing weddings back to their roots and larger Western weddings are becoming popular. So what are some popular traditional wedding items that we still see today?

The Ceremony
While tradition has been to have a wedding in a church or place of worship, many couples are choosing to have their wedding and reception at a venue. Wherever the wedding is held, there are traditional elements to to the ceremony: Bride, groom, 2 witnesses and the officiant. Obviously, there can be a lot more to a traditional wedding but that is the minimum.

The Brides Attire                                                                                                                                      An elegant white wedding dress has been popular for centuries, having been started by Queen Victoria in 1840 in the Western world (white had been the choice of color for Japanese brides for years before). Before then, brides wore their best dresses, but veils have been an important part of brides fashion for much longer. Ancient Romans believed that the  Bride’s  wedding veil  protected the bride from evil spirits.   Veils can be found in many styles, long, short, full, and slim.   Today, some brides do not wear the traditional wedding veil that covers the face but only wear something that covers their head.

The Rings
Having originated in Europe, wedding rings are a sign of unity. Originally only worn by the wife, the 20th century saw a change in direction when both men and women began to wear rings symbolizing their marriage. Traditionally, the rings are made of gold or another precious metal and a popular stone is a diamond.

The Cake
At most weddings, a large one to three tiered white cake will be on display, traditionally adorned with small silver balls or realistic flowers made from icing. In Western weddings, the cake is usually served to guests at a reception following a ceremony; in parts of England the cake is served with breakfast the morning after the wedding.

The Reception
The act of gathering for food and drinks after a wedding ceremony has been a wedding tradition for a very long time. Some traditions call for a full meal, some hors d’oeuvres, and some no food at all. The most traditional reception in the northeast is a “wedding breakfast” held following a noon wedding, but evening weddings with dinner are now more popular. Traditional weddings in the south are more likely to serve only “cake and punch.” No matter what you plan to serve, thirst-quenching drinks should be available from the moment the first guest arrives at the reception.   The reception usually includes congratulations to the bride and groom, sometimes speeches, a bride and grooms first dance and of course, the cutting of an elegantly designed wedding cake.

AZ Ceremony would love to help you create your traditional wedding ceremony that incorporates only the elements that are your own traditional style and beliefs.

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