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?
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’.
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.
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.