August 13, 2021
The history of weddings has evolved over the years. If you were to marry in ancient Greece, there was no big wedding ceremony. You would first meet your intended spouse while attending one of his feasts (which happened every 3-4 days) and had a special friend ask you to come with him. After this, the groom would leave an offering on the doorstep of his bride’s house that night, and then they would be married by a priestess following sunrise (this time varied based on how much gold was left as an offering). They did not have marriage ceremonies because it was considered more religious than social; therefore they didn’t need any sort of official recognition from their government or even their families for them to be married! There wasn’t even a cost to get married, but in order for your marriage to be recognized by family you would have to have an official ceremony with everyone (usually 12 people in attendance).
For those who weren’t into organized religion, they could also just have a pact of brotherhood drawn up and read it out loud in front of 2 witnesses. This was important because the children born from such relationships were not considered legitimate unless there was proof that the two men were involved in a relationship.
When weddings did begin to become more common place, there wasn’t much fashion involved; however brides wore veils or wreaths on their heads and grooms wore white tunics covered by purple cloaks. As time progressed through the middle ages, weddings became more elaborate with the church taking a central role in the ceremony (leaving less to chance). Weddings were also broader as people began inviting other members of their community and family beyond just immediate relatives.
During the Renaissance, there was another change in wedding fashion. Rather than simply being a sign that two people had been married, it was considered more important to make sure both families were included. This created some rifts between couples because if one of the families wanted to have something extravagant or traditional while the other didn’t want anything too over-the-top, it became an issue where negotiation took place beforehand. The fall of feudalism changed this idea even further because suddenly those who could afford to spent time and money on everyone else trying to outdo each other and trying to have the best looking wedding. Enter the “golden age” of weddings where there was more to consider than just the two people getting married – everyone else who was involved had to be given something. The main focus of this was the wedding feast – and it could go on for days as well as spread across different houses (which did not sit well with those trying to have a small, intimate wedding).
There were also many customs that developed during this time period such as choosing a date based on astrological signs. If the two people getting married happened to come across an eclipse, they would likely postpone their ceremonies because they thought it would cause bad luck or even death! There were some other superstitions like wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue or having all single women in the bridal party or not sitting down all day of the wedding.
For many years, weddings were more about providing a good time for everyone else and less about being happy. This was just what people believed when getting married; however as times changed and women became equal, they finally started changing the way they got married. For example, June was named after Juno because it was her month to marry (because she was queen of the gods), so if you got married during this month you would be “queening” during your marriage too! It wasn’t until the late 19th century that there was a shift toward focusing more on what made each individual couple unique over making sure an entire community was involved all at once. One example is how the bride and groom would be able to see one another before they exchanged vows; in the past, if this was not done then it was believed that the marriage wouldn’t last.
Nowadays, there are some similarities with older customs. There is still a white dress (even though colors have become more diverse), which is still worn for the ceremony as well as at many receptions as well as meals being served during a wedding reception. In recent years however, weddings have spread out through society and allowed for couples to express themselves in many different ways! Some couples even write their own vows or add their own traditions into what has already been previously established! Because of this growing change over time from how we got married and what style or ritual developed, we are still growing and changing through our weddings.
During World War II, weddings took another turn in terms of style when they began to be formalized by giving away bouquets as gifts and allowing guests to sign a copy of the wedding registry. They also changed the way invitations were sent out because instead of just being mailed it was considered more proper that someone call or visit one’s house with an invitation (this stayed around even after television became more common). This helped change how invites were handed out. Before, most people would get their invites from friends or family members who would receive them directly from the couple getting married; however with this new system wedding invites could be sent through any channel the host wanted (such a post, telephone, fax, or good old fashion mail).
As more people had televisions, they were able to tune in and see how celebrities got married in a grand fashion! This began the idea that since this could be done by TV personalities, it was certainly appropriate for our own weddings. With all these new changes – such as having only wedding guests (instead of friends or family coming to help out) come to the ceremony and reception- there were lots of other elements that started being added into what made up a “good” wedding.
That is why nowadays there are a variety of different things expected at weddings: bridesmaids dresses should match, men must wear tuxedos, food should be followed by dancing and so on. Wedding ceremonies have now been turned into elaborate events where the couple is put at the center with everyone else fawning over them.
The traditions of weddings have changed throughout history. Originally, the reason for marriage was to produce heirs and continue one’s family name. As such, arranged marriages were common as well as families paying more attention to the bride than the groom (because women were expected to take care of a home while men served in battle). Because of this, women were often married from around 12-17 years of age and times would be hard if they hadn’t committed to someone by that time. Once a woman became a part of her husband’s family upon marriage it wasn’t likely that she could leave them or divorce him: what she had done before was irrelevant nor did people want talk about it anymore. Nowadays however, “love matches” are becoming more popular and although marriage is still an important commitment that should be made with care and consideration, there are more options nowadays than what used to be expected.
This was not always what was expected though, because in the past the focus of a wedding wasn’t on the bride and groom but rather the community’s ability to join together and have a good time. This is where tall tales like having someone shotgun a beer during the reception came from! Since our society puts more emphasis on personal expression nowadays, it seems that there will be even more changes in how we get married going into the future!
Today, weddings have become a more modern affair. The bride and groom are generally the ones who make all of their own decisions about what their wedding should look like; however they still want to include other people and show them appreciation for taking part in this special time. Therefore it is important that one understands which elements are necessary to those involved so that they can be included into the event without going overboard on things others don’t care about (while also making sure those little details get taken care of)!
And now that we have a history of weddings in mind, let’s see how it all ties together to make one big long story!
As you can see, there are many different traditions and rituals people have used to take part in. Arranged marriages guided the course of history for as long as they were around. However with time people began to realize that this wasn’t what made for a happy marriage and love matches became more popular (beginning with Queen Victoria who had nine children)! With more choices available today than ever before, couples are able to decide what kind of wedding they want without feeling pressured into anything by those around them anymore!
The History of Weddings is still being written but with each couple deciding on their own vows the story is changing! There is no need to have a wedding planner and no need for the same traditions at every event. The History of Weddings will continue to evolve as long as people are free to create their own stories!
The History Behind “Wear White” Wedding Traditions Today you would be hard pushed to find a non-traditional ceremony, but regardless brides from all over the world continue to adorn themselves in pastel shades on their big day. We take a look at just how this tradition began and where it might be going in the modern world.
Let’s start off by looking at some of the origins behind this particular fashion choice. In many native cultures around the globe, white was reserved for special occasions and ceremonial events such as weddings due to its fragility and purity (it also helped if you were poor and couldn’t afford much clothing). It became a symbol of a bride being cleansed from her sins throughout the ceremony before starting her new life with her husband. Of course, those ceremonies didn’t look anything like an English wedding – they were more about pagan gods than Christianity! But even today, religions that are derived from earlier faiths still hold on to these traditions sometimes despite not maintaining all of their original meanings. Muslims seeing it as a sign of modesty and brides in Jewish culture are often encouraged to wear white.
When it comes to the fashion industry, things get a little more complicated. The earliest reference of wearing white at weddings that we can find is from Queen Victoria when she married Prince Albert in 1840 – and even then it wasn’t too traditional! When society took Queen Victoria as their model bride, people began to imitate her sense of style instead of simply taking on one aspect or another. It wasn’t until almost 30 years later (when Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married King George VI) that Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding became an iconic institution – shortly followed by Kate Middleton’s 2011 marriage to Prince William .
What does this mean for us today? If you want your dress to be a little more memorable on your big day, you’ll need to go back and look at some of the major trends in previous years. Just remember that wedding dresses are not one size fits all – they are made by professionals who know what looks good on different body figures (including yours!) and can offer suggestions if necessary! There may be a few changes here and there but don’t be surprised if you see many people wearing white once again when it comes time for your special day.
Today we have the perfect marriage, filled with love without any conflict. The following two methods are sometimes used together to form an “iron clad” marriage. The first is a simple way that will bind together an existing marriage; while the second is similar yet far more potent if you are indeed trying to prevent divorce.
The old saying, “happy wife, happy life”, does have some truth to it!
Twin Hearts Method
This is a simple yet very effective method that will quickly bind two people together. The process can be done in an hour or less and should be undertaken when there are no distractions. If one of the partners has a laptop open while doing this they could accidentally break the connection; if someone else comes into the room and distracts them they could also break the connection. Therefore, if you want to make sure this remains intact leave your significant other alone for an hour once you’ve begun this process.
Give both persons four strands of yarn/thread each, preferably in colors they like but most importantly their favorite color (this is important for the other person to have). Tie one end of each strand into a simple overhand knot. Then take that same strand and make another overhand knot with it, this time on your partner’s strand. Take their strands and tie an additional knot around one of yours until you can see no more room for any more knots. Make sure you pay attention to how many strands are tied together as you go so you know how many to untie when it comes time to separate them back out; don’t forget to retain your strand because if it breaks then this whole process won’t work!
Now throughout the entire day before your wedding try at every opportunity, whether in passing or while talking about something else (this should be obvious) take both strands between your thumb and forefinger while holding them tight. This will be your “key” to keeping the love strong between you in a simple manner; just remember both of you must do this each day until after your wedding.
Now when it comes time for your wedding or other activities that will keep you together (for example: honeymoon) then take those same four strands of yarn/thread to create a heart shape between the two of you instead of tying knots on top of one another. The knot around the heart should represent the fact that there is no space left for anything else in-between you – representing complete unity between husband and wife. In Chinese culture red thread is used and wrapped around their wrists three times so long as they are single to signify that they are looking for a spouse.