Hedsor Weddings

30. hedsor.com w e d d i n g traditions from around the world Here at Hedsor we are very privileged to welcome couples from all religions and cultures and as a result the Hedsor team get to experience many different wedding customs from all over the world. Have you ever wondered what the meaning is behind a tradition? Here are a few favourites and where they herald from... THE WEDDING DRESS 1. Colour, style and ceremonial importance of the gown will depend on the religion and culture of the couple. In eastern cultures, brides often choose red to symbolise auspiciousness, whereas in the west most brides choose white to symbolise purity of the soul. White became a popular option in 1840, after the marriage of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe-Coburg. Queen Victoria used to visit Hedsor House for Afternoon Tea. THE WEDDING RING 2. This tradition is believed to have derived from the Romans, we wear a ring on the left hand because there was thought to be a vein in the finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ said to be directly connected to the heart. ‘KICK THE BUCKET’ - BULGARIA This unusual tradition requires putting two rose heads in a bucket of water (one red and one white). The bride kicks the bucket to see which rose falls out first, if the white rose falls out first then their first child born will be a girl, if the red rose falls out first they will have a boy. THE VEIL 3. Back in Roman times a ‘flammeum’, was used to cover the bride from head-to-toe. This was supposed to make the bride look like she was on fire to scare off evil spirits. Over time, the veil became a method to disguise the bride from evil spirits and, of course, her husband who wasn’t supposed to see his new wife until the marriage was complete. The unveiling of the bride - completed by the groom - is to symbolise that ownership has changed hands; from her father, to her husband. 1 2 3

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