Deciding which wedding traditions will be used in your ceremony can feel like a big deal, especially when there’s so many to choose from. After reading about these sentimental traditions, you may feel inspired to include something you hadn’t known about before. Whatever feels true to who you are and the love you share with your fiance will be the perfect wedding tradition addition.
There is a way you can honour your parents with a very sweet wedding tradition. Find out where they were married and think about having your ceremony at the same venue, even if that means travelling to a far-flung destination. It’s a thoughtful and touching way to say you love and appreciate them. Be prepared with tissues when you tell them!
Finding a pine sapling and having it at your wedding will work well if your wedding relies on foliage. The Dutch have a tradition where the married couple has a sapling at their reception. Guests write down their good wishes and tie them to different branches.
When you both find your first home, you can plant the sapling in memory of your wedding. The pine represents long life and well-being, so it’s symbolic of the start of a happy marriage. You can even do this tradition with a cutout of a tree.
When you start your marriage, there’s a hope shared by you and those who love you that it will be a long and happy relationship. The Amish place great importance on this through the giving of hope chests. Traditionally, a girl gets a hope chest when she’s young and fills it with special items from her family that will help her create her own home one day.
Now, hope chests are filled with things like kitchen supplies, bed linens, silverware and other little necessities that a new couple may not have. They’re meant to help start the newly married couple’s life on a positive note, with hope and love from the community.
In the movies, when a married couple runs out of their wedding venue, they pile into a limo. Sometimes there are words written on the windows, streamers on the trunk or other ways to point out to passing cars that they were just married.
People still tie cans to their bumpers to keep the celebration going while they ride to their next destination. It’s an easily affordable wedding tradition that’s cute and can be made with the people you love. Have everyone bring a can over and decorate it with paint for a little bit of personalizing.
An Irish wedding tradition states that at the beginning of a wedding ceremony, the couple must have their hands loosely bound with ribbons or braided cords. It’s a visual way to literally tie the knot with your fiance in front of your friends and family. The knots are then undone at the end of the ceremony, so you both are released as a married couple.
Rings are known for being symbols of eternity because they don’t stop or start in any clear place. Exchanging rings on your wedding day is a promise to love and cherish your significant other forever but using gold rings will take the symbolism to an even greater level. Gold represents exclusivity because it’s not a material everyone has. It’s a way of promising yourself only to your spouse in a way they can look at every day.
Is there a place you and your fiance love? It may be a location where you first said you loved each other, where you got engaged or anything else that stands out in your relationship. See if there’s a way you can get married there or work it into your reception, so you can honour what’s truly meaningful to your relationship.
Another way people show that they wish a lifetime of happiness to a married couple is by showering them with rice as they leave their wedding venue or reception. Rice has always meant prosperity, good fortune and even fertility, so it’s been showered on married couples for hundreds of years. Try it on your wedding day for an extra bit of good luck.
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