June 5th, 2010
Here are a few more wedding traditions and customs for your big day…
! Bridal Veil ~ Wearing a veil is thought to have originated long before the gown. Romans, very fond of pre-arranged marriages, covered the bride’s face with a veil so that the groom could not see her face. This was to keep the groom from backing out of the marriage if he did not like what he saw. It is also thought that the veil signified protection from evil spirits that might be around on the wedding day.
! Bridesmaids ~ Ancient Egyptians believed that when a couple was to marry, evil spirits would come and ruin the atmosphere and joviality of the day with black magic and trickery. The Bridesmaids were very important to the Bride’s well being. Their function was to be clothed in similarly extravagant attire to confuse the evil spirits. Since the evil spirits couldn’t distinguish the bride from the maids they didn’t know whom to “pick on,” and would leave them alone.
! Bridal Flowers ~ If having Bridesmaids were not enough to ward off the evil spirits, the bride would carry pungent flowers and herbs to drive the evil spirits away. This tradition was expanded during Roman times by having the bride and groom wear garlands of flowers to signify their new life and the hope of a fertile union.
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