The Symbols of a Wedding Day

Couples always want their wedding day to be something extraordinary and unforgettable. In the presence of family and friends, the “most beautiful day in a woman’s life” is duly celebrated. Many romantic customs and symbols are associated with this special day. For example, flowers are more than just a decoration. We already wrote about the special meanings of the flowers the bride chooses for her bridal bouquet. But let us see what symbolic acts and ceremonies are common for a wedding day.

Rings

The history of the wedding rings is very old and even archaic. In general, a ring symbolises the infinity and permanence. Since the 13th century, the rings are exchanged by the newlyweds at a church during their wedding ceremony. The wedding rings stand for love, fidelity, and solidarity. In contrast to the engagement ring, the wedding ring must be rather simple, without any pattern, and has no beginning and no ending. However, the new tradition to engrave the wedding date or some words makes the rings more unique.

Wedding Cake

In ancient Rome, an almond cake was baked for just for the wedding ceremonies. The wedding cake as we known it now was created in the 19th century somewhere in England. The newlyweds do not make the cake by themselves. The wedding cake should made by a confectioner, friends, or relatives for the best of luck. With a five-storey cake, the five layers symbolize birth, communion, or confirmation, marriage, abundance of children, and death.

Wedding Cake
Wedding Cake

There was an old custom that bride cuts the first slice of a cake to provide a good luck for the marriage. Today, it is more common that both a bride and a groom cut a cake together to ensure that they both are going to shares the good luck. If a bride has her hand on top when cutting, it is supposed to mean that she will also have an upper hand in the marriage.

Tie Knot

Tie the knot is an old Irish tradition when a bride and a groom tie a fisherman’s knot with a ribbon.  This knot is one of the strongest and most reliable knots, and it grows even stronger under the pressure. Like the knot, the couple should stick together more firmly during challenging times.

Pigeons or Butterflies

Pigeons are very popular at weddings as they represent the new journey together. Before you commit to the tradition, however, make sure that you can do so humanely and the birds will return safely to their homes after the wedding. White Pigeons also mean purity, joy, peace, and fidelity.

Pigeons or Butterflies
Pigeons or Butterflies

Butterflies and their metamorphosis are a beautiful symbol of rebirth. So, if you want this symbolic expression at your wedding, you can serve food or sweets on butterfly-print dishes or use artificial butterflies as decorations.

Carrying the Bride Across the Threshold

There is no exact information about the origins of this practice, and maybe it is related to the old tradition of marriage by capture. Another possibility is that a bride should be carried towards the threshold to not stumble, because this means a bad luck for a marriage. These are just some of the symbols and customs that are popular at weddings. If you want to create your rituals – go on, it is your special day.

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