Vintage Wedding Traditions We Love

January 11, 2017

 Don't get us wrong, we love all those fun and funky wedding trends that have, in recent days, gone viral. Everything from swing cakes and donut walls to ombre dresses and geode cakes. Sometimes, though, we get nostalgic for a simpler time. We sure would love to see some of these vintage wedding traditions make a comeback.

The Bride Putting a Sixpence In Her Shoe

While brides today often make sure they have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on their wedding day, the famous saying actually ends with "...and a sixpence in her shoe." 

  

 

 

This lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds. 

 

Making a Dramatic Exit

These days newlyweds usually head off to an after party once the wedding ends, but we would love to see them decking out their getaway car with  "Just Married" signs and tin cans once again. 

 

 

 

 

And while we are at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There is just something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed as the bride throws her bouquet to her guests just before they head off for their next big adventure. 

 

Hiding a Charm Inside Your Wedding Cake

This Southern tradition dates back to the Victorian era when tiny charms attached to ribbons were placed inside the wedding cake. These charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future. Guests would pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called the "cake pull" before it was sliced and served. 

 

 

 Writing a Love Letter to Your Future Spouse 

the Night Before Your Wedding

It was once common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would then be placed in a box and sealed up until their first anniversary.

 

 

 

Planting a Pine

Traditionally, pine trees were symbolic of new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, often newlywed couples would plant a tree at their new home  as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of the bride and groom either doing this together the day before their wedding or as part of a tree unity ceremony as a way to begin their lives together. 

 

 

 

Freezing a Slice (or the entire top tier) of Your Wedding Cake

These days brides and grooms serve all kinds of sweet treats at their weddings whether it is cookies, donuts, pie or even a make your own sundaes bar! However, there is nothing more classic than a good old fashioned piece of cake. While not that common these days, it used to be quite common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to then defrost and eat together on your first anniversary. 

Word to the wise, be sure you wrap it really well in plastic wrap to avoid nasty tasting freezer burn.

 

 Serving a Groom's Cake

A tradition embraced throughout the South (we all remember the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in England during the Victorian era. 

 

During the Victorian era they truly embraced dessert offering a wedding cake for the bride, groom and guests, a groom's cake for the groomsmen, and a brides cake for the bridesmaids. While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, almond or something more subtle, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. After all, more cake = better wedding!

 

Snake Wedding Bands

While these days it may seem a bit odd to propose with a ring shaped like a coiled snake with ruby eyes, this was once all the rage. The trend was set in motion when Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria on February 10, 1840 with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle around your ring finger symbolized and eternal vow of love. 

 

 

No peeking!

Couples today often opt for practical over tradition these days, seeing each other prior to the ceremony with a first look so they can get their portraits out of the way and enjoy the post ceremony festivities with their guests more quickly. 

 

While the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some unsettling origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out at the last minute) we believe that it makes for a much more emotional experience for the bride and groom. 

 

 

And our favorite (and probably yours) 

 Taking a Month Long Honeymoon

Honeymoons used to involved the couple drinking a fermented wine sweetened with honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We aren't encouraging you to drink mead for an entire month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sure sounds appealing! 

 

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