Wedding cars are important for your Inverclyde day; they will transport the glowing bride to the big day, and whisk the newlyweds off to their reception but, how much of these wedding traditions do you know. And, more importantly, why do we do them?
Chauffeurs – being chauffeur driven is an experience. Unlike a taxi, for example, the pace of the journey is regally sedate. The newlyweds can enjoy the scenery, take in their favourite places and enjoy their time together, before the hub-bub of the wedding ceremony.
But, have you ever wondered by the chauffeur always walks around the back of the vehicle? It is considered to be the height of bad manners and an affront to the horses of the past to walk around the front.
Banns – posting the banns is still something that is done today. In the parish or county from which the bride and groom hail, a notice of intention to marry is posted in an official place, such as the entrance of a registry office or town hall.
Today this is just as much a legal notice as anything but, back when the posting of the banns was introduced by the Catholic Church, it was the means to confirm that the bride and groom were not related.
Breaking bread – but, in the modern age this has morphed into a wedding cake. In Roman times, to wish the bride good luck, a loaf of bread was broken over her head. Over time, this has changed in to a grand wedding cake that the bride and groom cut into together.
And, be generous with sharing your cake too! Single ladies who sleep with a slice of the groom’s cake under her pillow will dream of her future husband, or so superstition says.
Protection – but, there are thousands of evil spirits out there, all determined in their own way to pour bad luck on the newlyweds and spoil their fun. As a result, many of the small things we do as a matter of course today were all created centuries ago to ward off these evil spirits.
The veil, for example, is a way of maintaining purity and safety for the bride. Once in her husband’s arms and locked in to wedlock, she was relatively safe and could lift her veil.
Wedding gifts – not all couples accept gifts today but, a common tradition in Finland many moons ago was collecting gifts from door to door, with a pillowcase and accompanied by an older, married man. This chap symbolised long marriage and was a ploy to bring longevity to a marriage.
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