Love Is In The Air
Summer is the perfect time for a wedding. That’s why the saying, “A June Bride” is so appropriate. As you plan your very special event, there are so many things to consider.Cantu’s Culinary Creations has been catering weddings for quite a while and we know how to make your special day even more amazing. Weddings are full of tradition but where did those traditions come from? Let’s look at a few to find out.
The Bachelor Party
Well it turns out that this tradition actually dates back to the 5th century B.C. The Spartans were the first know civilization to celebrate the Groom’s last night of freedom. They would throw a raucous party complete with wine, food and questionable entertainment. Interestingly enough, they took precautions to water down the wine so that the groom would not have a hang over the following morning.
The Diamond Ring
Historians believe it was during the time of Pope Innocent III in about 1214 A.D. that the ring became a sign of betrothal. The pope instated a mandatory waiting period between the time of betrothal and marriage. Couples began wearing a metal band around their finger to signify their intent to be wed. Interestingly, Archduke Maximilian of Austria was the first person to put a diamond set in a ring. During the Renaissance period he gave a diamond ring to his betrothed Mary of Burgundy.
The wedding ring, worn on the third finger, came about because the ancient Egyptians believed the vein in that finger went directly to the heart.
The White Wedding Dress
It was Queen Victoria who started the tradition of the white wedding dress. She commissioned her gown for her upcoming union with Prince Albert in 1840.
The Best Man Tradition
This one stems out of a barbaric tradition that dates back to 1200 A.D. where a famous roman named Romulus threw a lavish party for the people of Sabine and then kidnapped all their women. The tradition of kidnapping the bride continued up until The Marriage Act 1753, (full title "An Act for the Better Preventing of Clandestine Marriage", popularly known as Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act) Wikipedia
Prior to the Marriage Act, however, the groomsman who was the most adept at kidnapping the bride to be was often named the Best Man, and as such, entitled to stand next to the groom during the wedding ceremony.
Tradition of Throwing the Garter
Strange but true. In the early 14th century, it was common for the wedding guests to fall upon the bride in a throng and literally tear the clothes from her body. Not sure what purpose that served, but in an effort to detract the guests from such lewd activities, the bride would remove the garter from her leg and hurl it into the mass of salivating young men as a way of placating their lusty intents. That tradition continues today, not the tearing off clothes part, thankfully.
Origins of the Honeymoon
In ancient Norse traditions, the bridal couple would retreat to a secluded private location for 30 days. The family would bring them Honey Wine every day during that period, the location kept secret to prevent unwanted intrusions. That tradition has been carried forward to this day.
There are many more traditions that are remnants of a romantic era long past. Whatever the traditions you enjoy, your catering needs can be satisfied by our expert chefs at Cantu’s Culinary Cuisine. We can prepare any cultural experience you would like. Just give us a call and schedule a free consultation to find out what is possible for your big day.
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