Let’s face it, most of us follow wedding traditions but have no idea where they started or why they still exist today! Sometimes we even incorporate traditions today because they are just that, traditions. In 2014, a fresh take on some of these wedding traditions certainly couldn’t hurt.
Tradition #1: The bride wears a full veil and a white wedding dress
The full veil was meant to ward off evil spirits. These days, brides are going for shorter, flirty veils or even forgoing a veil altogether! The white wedding dress tradition started simply because Queen Victoria wore one to her wedding. Feeling bold? Don’t let this tradition stop you from wearing a little color! Adventurous brides are wearing scarlet or florals on their big day. Looking to make a subtle statement? Go for blush, champagne or off white.
Tradition #2: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
Coming from an Olde English rhyme, this tradition is meant to bring good luck for the new couple; you can still incorporate this tradition without seeming old-fashioned. From blue shoes to your grandmother’s pearl necklace and new diamond studs – the options are endless!
Tradition #3: Tiered wedding cake
This tradition started in Medieval England. Mix things up by having several single tier cakes (perhaps in different flavors!) or nix the cake altogether for pie, cheesecake, crème brulee, even French macaroons!
Tradition #4: Seating arrangements
Traditionally, seating arrangements are made for both the ceremony and the reception. Go for a more casual feel by telling guests to sit wherever they please via cute signs with sayings such as “Choose a seat, not a side. We’re all family once the knot is tied” to use during the ceremony and “Come as you are, stay as long as you can. We’re all family, so no seating plan” for the reception.
Tradition #5: Throwing rice
Throwing rice at the bride and groom was meant to bring fertility. Try something a little more modern like birdseed, flower petals, confetti, or do a special send-off with sparklers.
We here at Historic Mankin Mansion can’t wait to see how our brides and grooms incorporate the modern take on an old tradition on their big day!
See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.