1. Writing a letter to your spouse the night before the wedding
The engaged couple would write love letters to each other the night before the wedding which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary. They would use the letters to express their feelings about the upcoming day, as well as their hopes and dreams for their future together, or to recount the story of how they fell in love. What a beautiful and meaningful tradition.
2. The "Celebration Tree"
Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together either the day before the wedding or after they return home.
3. Serving a groom's cake
If you know anything about me, I love Pizza and Cake which is why I think a Groom's cake is a wonderful idea! This tradition started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake for the guests, a groom's cake for the groomsmen and a bride's cake for the bridesmaids. More cake = Better weddings!
Veils used to be thought as a sign of purity and to ward off bad spirits. I truly believe that a veil is what makes you feel like a "bride" on your wedding day. If only for the Ceremony, I think veils should be a tradition that is never lost. And... they look great in photos!
5. Burying the bourbon
Folklore says that an engaged couple who wants to secure sunny skies on their wedding day, they needed to bury a bottle of bourbon at their wedding site exactly one month prior to the ceremony. Of course, on the day of the wedding, the bottle was then dug up to join the lineup of beverages available at the reception.
There is deep symbolism behind the phrase “tying the knot.” It refers to an old Irish and Scottish ritual called hand-fasting. The officiant ties the couple’s hands together with a brightly colored ribbon or cord. The rope symbolizes that the couple is bound together with an eternal bond. If you want to personalize this Ceremony, have the parents of the Bride and Groom tie the cords.
7. Choosing meaningful flowers for your Bouquet
Many people choose flowers for their bouquet based on a certain color scheme. But why not copy the royals, and choose a few flowers that have a more significant meaning? For example, peonies mean romance, prosperity, good fortune, a happy marriage, riches, honor, and compassion. Roses are most commonly associated with love and romance. The Magnolia flowers are symbols of dignity, purity and beauty.
8. Carry a coin for Good luck
Brides used to put a sixpence in their shoes or sew a good luck charm or like a silver horseshoe onto their dresses. We love this because it’s charming and intimate.