Traditionally Speaking…

Most people plan their wedding ceremonies based on what they have seen from attending other weddings or from what their friends and family tell them in reference to how a ceremony should be conducted. Here are some interesting facts behind the traditions that make up most weddings.

The reason that the wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand can be traced back to the ancient Romans. It was believed that the vein in that finger led directly to the heart and was called the “vein of love.”

The flower girl symbolizes a transition of a girl turning into a wife and mother. She is an image of innocence and is a sign of fertility for the newlyweds.

Bouquets were originally included in weddings as a way to keep evil spirits away. They are also a sign of new life and hope.

Although these days, many brides choose to have their bridesmaids wear the same color dresses in a variety of styles, the reason that their attendants initially wore the exact same dress is because it was believed that doing so would keep evil spirits away from the couple on their wedding day.

Every newly married couple feeds one another the first bite of the wedding cake. This tradition began in Rome and was believed to show the special bond between the couple. The sweetness of the cake itself is believed to bring sweetness to all aspects of the newlyweds’ lives.

Finally (and most importantly), the notion of the first kiss as husband and wife began as a way for the bride and groom to seal their marriage vows and commitment to one another. As if the rings and vows themselves weren’t enough, the kiss was a sign that the couple intended to follow through and spend the rest of their lives together.