Many couples prefer a traditional religious ceremony, though some people depart from custom. Some even write their own wedding service. A traditional marriage ceremony begins with the bridesmaids and ushers walking slowly down a center aisle to the altar. They stand on each side of the altar throughout the ceremony. The groom enters and waits for the bride at the altar. The bride then walks down the aisle with her father, another male relative, or a family friend. She wears a white dress and veil and carries a bouquet. At the altar, the bride and groom exchange marriage vows and accept each other as husband and wife. The groom puts a wedding ring on the ring finger of the bride's left hand, and the bride may also give the groom a ring. After the ceremony, the bride and groom kiss and then leave down the main aisle. People of many backgrounds follow the traditional wedding ceremony, but certain religious groups add their own features to it. For example, different Protestant groups have their own versions of the ceremony. Many Roman Catholic weddings take place during a Mass, and the bride and groom receive Holy Communion. Most Jewish weddings are held under a special canopy that represents the couple's future home. At the end of the ceremony, an empty glass or other breakable object is placed on the floor and the groom breaks it with his foot. This act symbolizes the destruction of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and reminds the couple that a marriage can also break if it is not protected.
Mormon weddings are held privately in Mormon temples. Only church members in good standing can attend these ceremonies. Mormons believe that marriage and family life continue after death. A Quaker man and woman marry at a public gathering where they declare their commitment to each other. Quakers believe that God makes a couple husband and wife, and so a minister or other official is not required. Many wedding customs have been popular since ancient times. For example, Roman brides probably wore veils more than 2,000 years ago. Bridal veils became popular in the United Kingdom and the New World during the late 1700's.
The custom of giving a wedding ring dates back to the ancient Romans. The roundness of the ring probably represents eternity, and the presentation of wedding rings symbolizes that the man and woman are united forever. Wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand is another old custom. People once thought that a vein or nerve ran directly from this finger to the heart. An old superstition says that a bride can ensure good luck by wearing "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue." Another superstition is that it is bad luck for a bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony on their wedding day. After many weddings, the guests throw rice at the bride and groom as a wish for children and good fortune. Rice was once a symbol of fertility, happiness, and long life. The bride may toss her bouquet to the unmarried female guests. The woman who catches the flowers will supposedly be the next to marry. This custom probably started in France in the 1300's. The bride may also throw her garter to the unmarried men. The man who catches it will supposedly be the next male to marry.
We, at The Wedding Wizards, wish you and your family a very happy 4th of July celebration weekend!
It is no secret that, at one time or another, every bride-to-be has dreamed of a garden wedding. Whether she has grown up in a big urban city or small rural town, the thought of an outdoor wedding conjures up feelings of romance and happiness. The wonderful thing about a garden wedding is that it can be simple or elaborate.
Whatever the budget, an outdoor ceremony can be truly magical. Imagine walking down a long white runner sprinkled with rose petals, hearing the birds sing overhead, and seeing the man of your dreams standing under a lower-filled gazebo. Or if the wedding is to take place after sundown, twinkling white lights in the trees and around the gazebo can add a special touch.
Location and atmosphere are especially important for an outdoor wedding. The bridal couple should look for a place that can accommodate a wedding. Whether they are interested in having it at a hotel, park, or country club, they should be sure to check out what facilities are readily available. And most importantly, the location must have a few good spots for professional photographs to be taken before and after the ceremony. For example, photographs in front of a gazebo or a pool always come out beautifully. So if you are planning a wedding and cannot decide where to have it, check out your local outdoor wedding facilities. A garden wedding can be even more romantic and beautiful than you’ve ever imagined it to be!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
This month is so busy with Graduations and Father's Day,
is there time for a June Wedding?
Of course, it's always a good time for a Wedding to bring the family together.
So, congrats to all the graduates, from the promotions up to first grade, to graduations from college and everything in-between. We wish you nothing but happiness and good grades. And for you college graduates, we say go out there and change the world!!
Enjoy Father's Day with all of your Dads and fill-in dads, and give him an extra hug this year just because you can.
Congrats to all the Brides and Grooms having a June Wedding. It seems that June is a real family time together kind of month, and we love that.
So Enjoy! Warmly from Debbie, Lynnie and Kelsie, The Wedding Wizards
by Debbie Christensen, Author
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