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Ancient Wedding Customs II

The walk down the aisle for a bride is usually one that takes place with their father escorting them along the way. It is a sweet gesture that evokes a great deal of emotion, but in actuality, the origin of this custom may cause some women to shake their head in disapproval. In this article, you will learn interesting facts about honeymoons and the bridal train.

Fathers Giving Away Their Daughters

This father-daughter custom originated during ancient times when females were considered the property of their father until they got married. When her father walks her down the aisle, he is essentially transferring his property over to the husband. Today, we call this practice “giving her away.” This tradition is seen today in various ways. Fathers still accompany their daughters down the aisle, and sometimes, both parents take on the duty.

Honeymoon

Have you ever wondered where the term ‘honeymoon’ came from , when a newly married couple takes a bit of private time to themselves that often involves going on a nice trip. During ancient days in Ireland, after a couple married, the parents would supply the newlywed with an ample amount of mead (a drink comprised of fermented honey) that would last for a full cycle of the moon. It was thought that the couple would be blessed with the birth of a son within a year if they followed this tradition.

Carrying the Bride

In the past, some ancient Roman women were forced into marriage if a suitor had kidnapped them. The groom would carry the woman against her will to her new home. It was a belief that bad luck would come if a bride tripped over the threshold so to avoid any misfortune, the groom would carry her into the home.

A Bridal Train

A bridal train is the part of the wedding dress that drags behind , the elongated portion of material positioned in the back. Today, dramatic fairytale weddings may include a long train that requires others to hold in their hands to keep from getting soiled. During the Middle Ages, the length of a bride’s train was representative of her rank in court. If a woman was a great influence over the King and Queen or was closely related, they would walk to her husband-to-be in a dress with a lengthy train.

June Weddings

According to ancient Roman mythology, Juno was the god that ruled over childbirth, marriage and the hearth. Because of this, some believe this is why June weddings are a popular time of the year to get married.

18th and 19th Century Wedding Favors

If you were attending a wedding during the 18th and 19th centuries, you may have received a pair of gloves, which were a traditional wedding favor for guests of that time.

Sugar for Her Sugar

In an attempt to “sweeten the union”, ancient Greek brides would place a sugar cube in her glove.

Bad Luck/Good Luck Wedding Weather

Whereas a rainy forecast usually places a damper on most wedding plans, it is actually considered good luck for Hindus getting married.