When you first start planning your dream wedding, there are some things you don’t even think about because they are so commonplace. Wearing a white dress, having bridesmaids, and holding a bouquet are just a few examples of wedding traditions that have been around for years and years that most couples don’t give a second thought.
While planning out what customs you want to include during your ceremony and receptions at one of the wedding venues near Omaha, check out these fun and sometimes silly origin stories first!
Old, new, borrowed and blue
One of the most popular superstitions that brides follow is wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Something old is supposed to represent the bride's past and sense of self, whereas something new represents the couple’s happy future together. Something borrowed is supposed to come from someone already happily married so that same good fortune rubs off on the new couple, and something blue represents love and loyalty. Worn altogether is supposed to bring good luck and a long and happy marriage.
While nowadays asking your friends to stand by you on your big day at one of the wedding venues near Omaha is a sweet gesture and shows how much you love them, back in Ancient Roman times, it was done for protection! Bridesmaids would wear similar dresses to the bride and stand up at the altar with her to confuse evil spirits. Then the couple could avoid being cursed and have a blessed union.
Not seeing each other before the ceremony
This tradition goes back to a time when arranged marriages were popular. The bride and groom weren’t allowed to see each other before the ceremony so that no one would change their minds! This is also the same reason why veils were worn so much, it would hide the bride’s face until the couple was already married. Nowadays, it's not as big a deal, with many couples even choosing to do a first look and portrait session before the ceremony.
Cans tied to the bumper
This tradition comes from France where neighbors and friends would throw a “charivari” for the couple the night before the wedding. Everyone would take to the streets and bang loudly on pots and pans to keep away evil spirits, but also to help everyone get in the mood to celebrate. With whoops and hollers echoing into the night. This has been transitioned into cans dragging behind a car that says just married, because it also makes a loud noise and helps others know you are celebrating!
When you exchange wedding rings at one of the wedding venues near Omaha you will likely already be filled with emotion, but it becomes even more symbolic and meaningful when you learn the history behind wedding rings. Rings are exchanged because a circle has long been a symbol of eternity and you hope to be together forever. Rings are also worn on the fourth finger on the left hand because it was believed that there was a vein that connected that particular finger to the heart.
No matter what traditions or customs you choose to include on your big day, The Club at Indian Creek is ready to help you make your wedding magical. We are one of the best wedding venues near Omaha, contact us to secure your date!