Like most things, traditions evolve over time. Wedding traditions are no different. Today we will look at how a few traditions have adapted for the modern wedding.
The practice of throwing rice symbolized fertility and prosperity for the couple. The modern take on this tradition is to throw rose petals, wave ribbon wands, or even shine sparklers as the bride and groom walk down the aisle.
Traditionally bells were rung at weddings to ward off evil spirits. Due to the fact that we are less superstitious than in the past, bells had to take on a new meaning to continue on in modern weddings. Therefore today’s guests ring the bells placed on their table when they want to see the happy couple share a kiss. Clinking champagne or water glasses has the same meaning.
Giving wedding favors to your guests is a timeless wedding custom. It shows guests gratitude and appreciation for attending the couple’s special day. Wedding costs are on the rise and with that extra expenses like favors are among the first to go. To combat this extra cost, many couples need to stretch their budget. They can do this by sending leftover slices of cake or treats from a candy buffet home as their wedding favor.
Receiving lines are the most traditional and formal way to greet guests and thank them for coming to your special day. The bride and groom greet their guests right away and then are free to mingle as they wish during the reception. While this may be true, many couples today are choosing alternatives for addressing each guest. A popular substitute is for the couple to travel to each table during the ceremony to express their gratitude. Guests and the couple feel less rushed with this method.
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