We love ‘all things wedding’ here at Eastwood Park and with so many traditions surrounding the special day, we thought it would be fun to share some facts about where it all began!
1) White dress tradition
Who would have thought Queen Victoria was a trend setter? However, wearing a white dress became popular after Queen Victoria wore one.
2) Origin of the stag 'do'
The traditional stag ‘do’ has been traced back to the 5th century BC. It is believed that the Spartans would get together, dine and toast the groom to celebrate his last night as a single man.
3) People haven't always thrown confetti
Before it became traditional to throw confetti or rice, people used to throw wheat, representing fertility.
4) Flowers, flowers and more flowers!
The largest wedding bouquet ever was nearly 200ft long, made up of 1,500 flowers.
5) Significance of the ring finger
Wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand as it was believed that there was a vein in that finger leading directly to the heart.
6) Popular dates
The most popular month to get married is August, with the most popular day being Saturday. This year, the most popular day to get married is October 20th.
7) Lost in space
NASA astronaut Ken Mattingly lost his wedding ring during his trip to the moon, later finding it again on a spacewalk. This brings new meaning to “I love you to the moon and back”!
8) Slice of cake, anyone?
Traditionally, each tier in a wedding cake has a different significance. The bottom tier was eaten at the wedding reception, the middle tier was to be taken home, and the top tier saved until the couple’s first child’s christening. This is why the traditional choice of cake is fruit cake, as they have a long shelf life.
9) A toast to the bride and groom
The tradition of toasting originates in ancient times, when the Greeks and Romans would raise their cups in a homage to their Gods, as well as drinking to each other’s health. The term ‘toast’ was first used in the 16th century, and it comes from an ancient tradition that attempted to improve the taste of wine.
10) Something blue
The old rhyme used around weddings has some meaning behind it.
“Something old” represents continuity with the past -
“something new” shows optimism for the future,
“something borrowed” symbolizes borrowed happiness,
“something blue” represents purity, love and fidelity.
What are your favourite wedding traditions and do you know where they come from? Join the conversation on our Facebook page!
All photographs taken at Eastwood Park.
Photography credits: Stewart Clarke | Amy's Photography Bristol | Karl Moriarty Photography