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Wedding Traditions and Folklores

Wedding Traditions and FolkloresThere are many set wedding traditions and folklores that are practiced today by brides and grooms of all ages. The wedding and engagement rings are a prime example, many know that you bare these rings on your fourth finger, left hand. It is longed believed that this finger has a vein running directly to your heart with some call it the vein of Love.

Tie the knot is a well renowned phrase expressed widely among couples. The term Tie the Knot actually dates back to the Roman times when it was said that the bride wore a girdle tied with knots, after the wedding ceremony, the groom was to untie them. There is some other beliefs that refer to this recognized phrase as well, referring to the knots of rope that were tied to form a marriage bed.

Wedding veils worn at the wedding ceremony by the brides is said by the ancient Greeks and Romans, that when worn, the bride is protected by evil spirits. Today it is very common to see the bride wear her bridal veil as part of her bridal accessories.

Carrying the bride over the threshold is wedding tradition commonly performed by the groom as they enter their home or at their honeymoon destination for the first time after their wedding. This is also another folklore that protects the bride away from evil spirits. Another story in regards to this is when the Groom would steal his Bride from her tribe as he was forced to carry her kicking and screaming. Of either story, grooms now act apon this tradition as a romantic gesture.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue is a wedding superstition that originated in Europe that again was done to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.

• Something Old symbolizes the progression of the bride’s old single life into her married life.

• Something New is a transition into adulthood and hope

• Something Borrowed traditionally symbolized the popular belief that when a bride borrows something from a happily married couple, that good fortune would follow the newlywed couple.

• Something Blue in many cultures symbolizes the faithfulness and loyalty. Blue ribbons adorned the border of an ancient Israeli bride’s wedding dress and in ancient Rome as the bride wore blue to denote love, fidelity, constancy and modesty.



A penny in a shoe comes from a European tradition bringing the Bride good luck and fortune.

A sixpence was used by brides to attract financial wealth to her new marriage. The sixpence is a silver coin worth six pennies in England between 1551 and 1967. This symbol may also have originated as a Scottish custom with the groom putting a silver coin under his foot for luck.

Bridal Showers date back to the 1500-1600’s in Holland when the brides father and family disapprove of her wedding and wouldn’t provide dowry (wedding gifts). So her friends and the community brought her gifts for her and the groom to start their journey of marriage. From that day forward it was customary for family and friends to bring the bride wedding gifts.

Bridesmaids have been in the wedding traditions for centuries? A different meaning back then from today! What used to be said, that the bridal party were there to confuse any evil spirits by dressing the same as the bride. Today of course, the bridal party is there to support the bride.

The white wedding dress stems back and derived from Queen Victoria in the 1840’s. Traditionally brides would wear their best dress and royalty would wear a traditional silver dress for their wedding day.

Here’s an actual law that was established in 1775, and this is not something that the brides of today would like to know but, it is illegal for a bride to wear makeup during her wedding ceremony.

According to Greek culture, if you put a sugar cube between your hand and the wedding glove on your wedding day, it would sweeten your unity of marriage.

An English tradition states that marrying on a Wednesday is the best day for a bride and groom to marry, and Mondays are for wealth and Tuesdays are for health.

These are just a few of the old wedding traditions and folklores that actually as you read, many of them are stilled recognized and performed for wedding ceremonies and receptions today. Although the exact origin and dates of these wedding traditions are not perfectly clear, the popular acceptance has allowed them to flourish. Whatever wedding traditions or folklore you follow, marriage is wonderful and a celebration of two hearts and two souls coming together and bonding as a unity one.