The History of Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

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Here at Rockbeare Manor, our exclusive wedding venue near Exeter in Devon, we know a thing or two about weddings! Our team have been planning weddings for quite a number of years at our other two wedding venues which are in North Somerset, Coombe Lodge and Priston Mill, and so now we are so excited to bring our expertise to Devon, where at Rockbeare Manor where we will continue to create memorable weddings for all of our lovely clients.

Weddings go back a long, long time in history; they have been a core part of society for thousands of years, bringing people together in celebration of the unity of two people, but do you know where the most common wedding traditions and superstitions come from?

Stag Parties:

The history of stag parties goes all the way back to the 5th century.  The first record of such a party was made by the Spartans where the men would gather together with the groom, the night before his wedding, to drink and celebrate his last single night. Things haven’t really changed since, although bachelor parties rarely happen the night before the wedding anymore, for obvious reasons!

Fun Fact: Stag parties or Bachelor parties are known as ‘Bucks’ parties in Australia and ‘enterrement de vie de garcon’ in France which means ‘the burial of the life as a boy’.

Hen Parties:

Although stag parties have been around for centuries, the same cannot be said for bachelorette parties or ‘hen’ parties, as they are known in the UK. It wasn’t until the late 1960’s that hen parties were established. Before then, bridal showers were the only time that the bride had to celebrate her wedding with her friends. However, hen parties have grown immensely since they were established; and are now a very popular event for bride-to-be’s.

Fun Fact: Hen parties are known as ‘stagettes’ in Canada.

Flowers:

The tradition of having flowers at your wedding has been around for centuries; although the kind of flowers which brides use have changed dramatically! In the Middle Ages, brides would carry bouquets made of fragrant herbs and garlic bulbs, which was believed to ward off any evil spirits that may be lingering around the ceremony. Thankfully, we have left this tradition in the past, and today brides have a vast amount of choice when it comes to the flowers in their bouquets which also have a more pleasant fragrance.

White wedding dress:

This tradition has been accredited to Queen Victoria; although some brides did wear white dresses to their weddings before Queen Victoria did, she is said to have started the trend. Before this, brides would wear their best dress on their wedding day, unless they could afford to buy a new dress especially for the big day.

Fun Fact: It used to be custom for brides and their bridesmaids to wear the same dresses on the wedding day; this was to confuse any evil spirits, so that they would not know who the real bride was and could not disrupt the wedding ceremony.

Day of the week:

There is an old folk rhyme which said that getting married on different days of the week meant different things:

Monday for health,

Tuesday for wealth,

Wednesday best of all,

Thursday for losses,

Friday for crosses,

Saturday for no luck at all.

It seems that Saturday was not a very popular choice for getting married in the Middle Ages, something which has definitely changed today – a large proportion of weddings now take place on a Saturday.

Something old, something new…:

Everybody knows the old wedding rhyme which states the different things which a bride should wear on her wedding day to bring her marriage luck. All of these things had different symbolism behind them:

Something old represents continuity with the past

Something new denotes optimism for the future

Something borrowed signifies community

Something blue symbolizes purity, fidelity and love.

This is mainly a British custom and comes from an Old English Rhyme. It is still incorporated into weddings today, with brides ensuring that they have one of each of these items to help bring luck to their wedding day.

Fun Fact: In the Hindu tradition, it is considered good luck if it rains on your wedding day.  Good news for brides here in the UK!

If you would like to discuss having your perfect wedding here at Rockbeare Manor, then contact us today. We’d love to hear from you and chat through your ideas. www.rockbearemanor.co.uk Telephone: 01392 797444.

Top 5 Tips for Success at Wedding Fairs

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Wedding: Bride and Bridesmaids

We are very excited to be attending The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena on the 8-9 October. As Devon’s newest wedding venue, we can’t wait to be able to talk to future bride and grooms, and show them what we can do here at Rockbeare Manor to make their day special.

Wedding fairs are a great resource for all engaged couples; they are a fantastic place to go where you can see lots of different wedding suppliers in your area and to get amazing ideas for your special day.

The Wedding Show is no exception; there are going to be over 170 different regional wedding suppliers, from photographers and cake makers to venues (like us!) and entertainers. It is the biggest wedding fair in Devon, and is not to be missed. As well as the best selection of wedding suppliers in the South West, there will also be live music and entertainment, a champagne bar and a choreographed catwalk show with all the latest bridal fashions.

Although wedding fairs are a great place to go in preparation for your wedding, they can also be overwhelming. There are so many suppliers there that it can seem impossible to see them all, which means that you may miss out on something which you would love for your wedding. But fear not, we have a list of things to think about when attending a wedding fair which will ensure that you get the most out of it.

Top 5 Tips for attending a wedding fair:

  1. Research: have a look at the different suppliers that are going to be at the wedding fair, then make a list of the ones which you really want to speak to. When you get there, head to those suppliers first and then afterwards you can spend the rest of the day going around the other suppliers without worrying about missing your favourites.
  2. Talk: when you go to the different stands, it is a good idea to stay for a while and chat to the vendor about their product/service. You could get some valuable tips from them or some great ideas which you hadn’t thought of.
  3. Don’t feel pressured: It may be tempting to commit to a variety of suppliers, especially if they are offering a discount or special offer. Always remember that you are not obligated to purchase anything, and don’t feel pressured into it. Take your time and get their contact details so that if you go away and decide that you would like to purchase from them, you can contact them later.
  4. Take your time: Make sure that you take your time whilst at the wedding fair. Don’t feel like you have to see every supplier. Wedding fairs are meant to be a fun way to explore the different options for your wedding, so take your time whilst you are there and enjoy it.
  5. Try before you potentially buy: Some suppliers will have samples of their work, don’t be afraid to try them out. Especially when it comes to cake samples! If there is a makeup demonstration you are interested in, then try it out. You have nothing to lose, and you could find the perfect look for your wedding.

If you would like to find out any more information about The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena, then you can find it here. Tickets are £5 per person, or £15 for 4 people, alternatively if you would like to wait until the day then tickets on the door are £7.50.