We’ve been seeing grooms kiss brides in movies for years, have watched as she throws the bouquet over her shoulder, have clapped as cars trailing tin cans or shoes drive off into the sunset… You may have done all these things yourself.
But do you know why? Do you know what it all really means?
Why the bride wears a veil, why she can’t see the groom before the wedding, why she carries a bouquet down the aisle, why rings are exchanged, why wedding cake is so central…
A lot of unusual things go down at weddings. Things that don’t really raise eyebrows because we’re so used to the rituals. They’ve been around for centuries and, whether you know it or not, most are steeped in significant meaning and historical rationale dating as far back as the middle ages. Would you believe that a bunch of the traditions millions of couples participate in every day are based on – wait for it - kidnapping? Yup.
Below you’ll discover answers to all of the above questions and more. Logical (kind of) explanations about why we do the things we do at weddings.
You can also find Monica on her personal blog, The Girl Who. Read more from Monica on Babble:
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