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Checklist when choosing your wedding venue

Excitement abounds when an engagement is announced. It is traditional reaction to what is widely seen as good news. Family and friends share in the joy that occurs when two people decide to formalise their relationship.

As the dust settles on the engagement celebrations, it becomes apparent to the couple that they may have a wedding to organise. This in itself can cause some stress. There is a huge amount of organisation required in weddings and unfortunately they are not staged easily. To avoid stress, the couple needs to be well organised in advance.

The couple should enlist the help, assistance and advice of close family and friends but should still be independent enough to make their own decisions. A wedding day should be all about the couple and they should communicate thoroughly with one another to ensure that both are happy with any wedding decisions.

First and foremost the couple will need to decide on a date. That way they can call prospective wedding venues and see if they are available. Next the couple should draft a guest list; this can be a rough estimate on numbers but at least it will give them an indication of how many people they will need to cater for. Following on from this the couple can decide whether they wish to go for a hotel venue for their celebrations or choose to hire a private venue such as a restaurant and host the event there.

Other important considerations at this stage include whether or not the couple want to get married in a religious location. This will also affect their choice of venue as they may want to have the ceremony in the same location as their wedding reception and not all venues can accommodate that.

This info-graphic provides important information in order to assist couples to make the right decisions in a timely manner. In terms of a wedding venue, this info-graphic can be used as a checklist in order to ensure a well selected wedding venue.

Wedding Venue Checklist

Traditions Associated With Irish and British Weddings

In years gone by, traditional brides in Ireland used to wear a blue wedding dress. Blue was considered pure. It wasn’t until 1499 that white wedding dresses started being worn by Irish brides because then white symbolized virginity and purity. Another unusual tradition that Irish weddings generally followed years gone by was in the locking of the church door during the ceremony. This was supposedly done to prevent the groom from running away during the wedding. Another old, unique tradition in Irish weddings was when the bride and groom tied an actual knot. The couples hands were joined together using a rope or cord. This was done to symbolize the union of the bride and groom and the bond of marriage and this is where the phrase ‘tying the knot’ comes from.

Wedding Traditions

During the ceremony, the bride and groom were meant to walk together to the church before they exchanged their vows. The onlookers would bless their union by throwing rice and other large items like pots and pans to the bride and groom. The bride was expected to have her hair braided on the wedding day. Braided hair represented luck and feminine power. Most brides wanted their wedding to fall on the St. Patrick’s Day because long ago it was considered the best day to have a wedding anniversary in Ireland.

The Irish considered the honeymoon as a special month when the couples would spend their days drinking honeyed wine in a secluded place. This is where the phrase honeymoon is coined from as it was seen as the ‘month of honey’. It was assumed that after the month was over, the bride would become pregnant and the family wouldn’t separate them especially if they had eloped. Nowadays, the traditional Claddagh Ring is often given as a wedding ring.

British wedding traditions are quite interesting. The most common one is the fact that bridesmaids were expected to wear white and look like the bride in order to confuse/ward off the evil spirits. The Church of England had its own standard vows which were not supposed to be altered. This is why traditionally the bride and the groom did not kiss after saying the vows. However, this soon changed.

The bride’s wedding bouquet had to include myrtle which was considered a herb of love. Brides from the royal family had to include a spring of myrtle in their bouquet as seen first in Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. When the bride found a spider on her dress, it was considered as a sign of good luck. However, if they met a funeral on their way to the ceremony, it was a sign of bad luck.

Wedding Traditions

In British weddings, the bouquet was not thrown to wedding guests. This tradition began in 1923 when the Queen Mother placed her bouquet on the grave of a World War 1 soldier after her wedding to the then Duke of York. She did this in honour of her late brother who was also killed at war. This tradition has been followed by royal families since then.

In British weddings, sapphire was included in the brides’ wedding rings because it symbolizes happiness in a marriage. Ideally, bridesmaids in British weddings are meant to be children and the bridal party is also smaller compared to other countries.

In traditional British weddings, the bride must enter first down the aisle. The bride is then followed by the young page boys and bridesmaids. The other common British wedding custom is when they place a penny or sixpence in the bride’s shoes.

These are some of the traditions and customs which surround British and Irish weddings. They have changed overtime so most of them are now not put into practice. However, they remind the British and Irish people of their diversity so everyone should appreciate them and it is also interesting to see how wedding traditions and themes have changed over time.