Many women have been planning their wedding days since they were little girls.
Trying to orchestrate the perfect ceremony and reception is no easy feat, and most feel that their wedding celebration would be incomplete without a few wedding traditions. While some traditions are relatively new, a rare few date back to surprisingly early times in history. And as it turns out, several of them have some pretty wacky and bizarre origins.
1. Before the bride’s bouquet was made up of flowers, they were made of herbs such as dill and garlic.
Centuries ago during the years when the plague took the lives of thousands of people across the globe, the arrangements that brides carried were bundles of herbs like garlic and dill, which were used in an effort to help keep the brides alive.
2. Throwing the bridal garter to wedding guests came about as a means to protect the bride.
In France, it was once tradition for wedding guests to rush to the bride and attack her for a scrap of her dress. These scraps were considered tokens of good luck. Throwing the garter is a much safer and less destructive alternative.
3. Bridesmaid dresses weren’t always like they are now.
In ancient Rome, both the bridesmaids and groomsmen donned attire that was nearly identical to what the bride and groom were wearing. The matching outfits served as a way to keep evil spirits from pinpointing the happy couple and ruining their the beginning of the rest of their lives together. Our fears of evil spirits have since subsided for the most part, allowing bridesmaids to stand out in a variety of colors.