Wedding traditions to create the classic day
While times change and modernise there are still some things where tradition is alive and well and many still choose to go down the traditional route. Weddings are the perfect example of this. Couples may live together and have a family before they get married, but when it comes to their wedding day it’s traditional or none! This month we explore the top five things that make an old-fashioned traditional wedding what so many know and love.
- The dress (and the morning suit)
If you are looking for an old-fashioned day – with modern twists, of course – then the gown is one of the key elements of it. A white wedding dress, or at the very least an ivory, champagne, cream, off-white, etc. gown, is perfect. Take it one step further with a veil and add a garter for that thoroughly old-style touch. You could even get the groom to remove the garter and place it on the leg of the girl who was lucky to catch the bouquet.
For the groom and his ushers, a morning suit is the epitome of a traditional British wedding. Tails, waistcoats, and top hats are never out of place and are the perfect complement to the bride’s wedding gown.
- Something old, something new…
Something borrowed, and something blue. And a sixpence in her shoe! An old superstition, it is not uncommon for brides to follow it, or at least part of it. The items are meant to symbolise continuity, prosperity, and good luck. Take it that step further with a horseshoe to be worn on the bride’s wrist or sewn into the hem of her dress. Giving your guests wheat or rice to throw once the couple comes out of the church is a symbol of bounty and fertility, but confetti is a little easier to find while retaining the symbolism.
- Not seeing each other before the wedding
A trickier one to follow if the wedding is local to where you live, assuming you already live together, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Staying with family or friends, or finding a local hotel are all options and ones many grooms do take on the eve of their wedding day.
Remember, that also means not looking back at your bride-to-be as she walks down the aisle either. Your best man should be helping to calm any nerves.
A truly British wedding will have speeches from the father of the bride, the groom, and the best man – in that order. It is not uncommon any more for others, such as the bride or maid of honour, to say a few words. Whoever speaks, make sure they thank those involved in making it all happen smoothly and that they help get the party started!
- Cake and dancing
Kick-off the wild celebrations with a traditional fruit cake, which you cut together and feed to each other. Wash it all down with Champagne before taking to the dance floor. Whether you choose a slow dance, or you have put a dance routine together, this is your chance to be alone even for a few moments. After that, just party the night away!
For more ideas on traditional weddings and to find that perfect wedding gown, our consultants at Proposals Crawley are here to help and advise. To book an appointment just give us a call on 01293 521635.