Old-Timey Wedding Traditions to Love

Just because you are having a wedding in the 21st century does not mean that you can’t have some traditional elements!  In fact, that’s something that we love about weddings -it’s a blend of old and new, something that can be enjoyed by all generations!

1. Something blue

”Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is one of the most referenced wedding traditions in popular culture.  The meaning is something that connects you to your past, a new gift for the couple, something that connects you to the community, and something that wards off evil.  Brides go about many different ways to fulfill this tradition.

2. Garter

The garter is rooted in a tradition that says that having a piece of the wedding dress is good luck, so the garter as a symbol of fertility in a marriage became the go-to piece (plus it avoids ripping a chunk off of the dress).  Today, brides are all along the spectrum of the garter tradition: some don’t wear one, some wear one but don’t remove it, some remove it at the reception and keep it, some remove it at the reception and give it away.  Make sure that you and your husband-to-be discuss what you want to do surrounding that tradition.

3. Glass clinking

When guests clink their glasses, the newlyweds kiss.  The jury is still out on this one, as some couples love it and some couples hate it.  The tradition is rooted in the idea that clinking glasses brings good luck, as well as a medieval tradition that clinking glasses meant that you trusted your host to not poison your drink!  If you’re not super enthusiastic about the clinking, you can ask guest to refrain or do something else (like give a toast or give a donation) when they clink.

4. Cake pulls

If you aren’t familiar with this Southern tradition, it originated in Victorian times.  The bakery places little silver charms in between the layers of the cake with a bracelet or ribbon attached.  Before the cake is cut, members of the wedding party pull out a charm from the cake.  Each charm has a meaning and the charms become little gifts for the wedding party!

5. Jumping the broomstick

This is an African American tradition most likely brought over from West Africa. Jumping the broomstick was used to finalize marriages between slaves, who were legally not allowed to get married officially.  The broom is meant to symbolize the new home that they will be sharing together, as well as sweep away bad spirits.

Depending on your heritage and how you feel about these traditional elements, you can incorporate some of these traditions into your ceremony and reception.  What other traditions will you be incorporating?