Hello everyone! It's a new year and we're welcoming more new favorites here in the studio. Our latest just happens to be stopping and smelling the flowers over at Fresh by FTD. We come across gorgeous design and styling tips there all the time and you all know we love gorgeous design and style.
Another thing we love here, as you also know, are weddings. Here's a recent, very useful (and not to mention very pretty) visualization of popular and not so popular wedding traditions all over the world, brought to us by our superb style experts of Fresh.
Wedding Traditions Around the World
We’re so used to wedding traditions in our own country that we don’t even second guess them. We plan bachelorette parties, make sure the bride has something old, new, borrowed, and blue on her wedding day, and anxiously await the bouquet toss to see who will be the next to marry. But where do these traditions come from, and what do they mean?
Believe it or not, something old, new, borrowed, and blue comes from an Old English rhyme: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” Though no one carries around sixpence, the first four objects are signs of good luck. Something old signifies continuity; something new represents optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; and something blue represents purity, love, and fidelity.
Like the “something old, something new” custom, the origin of throwing the bouquet also originated in England as an alternative to guests ripping the bride’s dress for good luck. But what about wedding traditions outside of England? In Germany, it’s tradition for the bride and groom the saw a log in half together. In India, the bridal party steals the groom’s shoes. There are countless other fun and quirky wedding traditions from around the world. We created a visual of fourteen different rituals so you can see how people all over celebrate their special day.