We’ve been seeing and following wedding traditions for years, without really understanding their origin or meaning. Have you ever thought why a bride carries a bouquet when walking down the aisle? Or why she needs a bridesmaid to get married? Or even why she can’t let the groom see her in her white wedding dress?
Let’s travel back in time together to discover the meaning of these beautiful traditions that have been followed around the world by so many cultures, uniting countries and continents in the way love is celebrated. 1- Bridesmaids
Once upon a time, a bridesmaid was more than just a witness to a bride and groom’s unison. Her duties were far more serious as she was responsible for protecting the bride from kidnapping attempts or from someone stealing her dowry while on her way to the groom’s village. Obviously, days have changed and a bridesmaid’s duty today is to help the bride in making her feel comfortable on her big day.
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2- Carrying a bouquet
Before flowers, women used to carry a bouquet of aromatic herbs and spices to chase evil spirits away. Every herb had a specific meaning, like wisdom for sage for example. With the fading away of such superstitions, herbs were replaced by flowers, not only for their elegance, but also for their connotation of purity, fertility, and happiness, among other meanings. 3- Wearing a veil
This tradition goes back to Roman times when the woman wore a veil, from head to toe, as a symbol of virginity and purity. The symbolism of the veil might have changed over the years but brides still wear it as a beautiful accessory to their white wedding dress, especially when in church, as a symbol of humility.
4- Giving away the bride
Sadly but true, brides used to be sold to their husbands by their fathers or given away as part of some arrangement or power agreement between families. Over the years, this “giving away” idea was translated by the emotional image of a father walking his daughter down the aisle to hand her to the man that will take care of her. 5- Throwing the bouquet
Back in the 14th century, people would chase the bride in England just to tear off a piece of her dress as it was considered good luck and a fertility charm. As bridal dresses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi got more fancy and expensive, the “good luck” gesture was manifested by throwing the garter, then ultimately the bouquet, bringing luck of marriage to the single woman who catches it.
6- The Zaffe
“Zaffe” is a traditional cultural dance performed in weddings in the Arab world, and specifically in Lebanon. It constitutes usually the opening act of the wedding, where dancers wearing folklore costumes would introduce the bride and groom to the invitees accompanied by oriental music, drums, and singing. The Zaffe is a very old ritual that presumably goes back before Islam. 7- Throwing rice on the newlyweds
It is said that rice is a charm of fertility and can help newlyweds have children. In ancient times, couples used to be showered by wheat, which was replaced by rice, also a symbol of fruitfulness and prosperity.
8- Hiding the white gown from the groom
It is believed that if the husband catches a glimpse of the wedding gown, it brings bad luck to the couple, a superstition that goes back to the times when marriages were arranged and the bride and groom were kept from seeing each other before the wedding day. Today, this tradition is more of a way to build up the excitement of the big moment when the bride appears in all he beauty in front of her future husband.
For the last 30 years, Esposa (the best bridal shop in Dubai) has been making sure to keep these wedding traditions alive while selecting the most beautiful wedding dresses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. About Esposa
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