A Lovely Day Loves: Wedding Traditions

There's something wonderful about a wedding that incorporates age-old traditions, but that doesn't mean we have to do exactly as our momma's did! Today, we're showing you our five favorite wedding traditions, with ideas on fresh takes that still honor historic roots. (Maybe it's just us, but this blog post is better read when accompanied by this song). 

Photography: Greg Finck

Photography: Greg Finck

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
This was probably the first wedding tradition you heard as a little girl, and it's certainly one that many brides hold close to their heart. This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme "Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe",  and while we don't think you need to go hunting for a sixpence, there are lots of fresh ways to incorporate this age-old saying in to your special day. For something old, try adding pictures of your parents from their wedding day to your bouquet. Something blue, a special piece of heirloom jewelry or your wedding date sewn in blue thread on your dress. Something borrowed, try a pair of earrings from your sister. As for something new, the possibilities are endless!


Photography: Mint Photography

Photography: Mint Photography

Groom's Cake
A Southern tradition that we love, the Groom's Cake stems from a Victorian-era tradition where the Groom ate his own dessert (typically a fruit cake laced with alcohol) that was much lighter than the Bride's. Today, Groom's Cake are a great way to honor your groom's favorite hobbies or special interests - along with his favorite cake preferences! Think of this as a nice surprise for your new-husband after he made it through months (or years) of planning. Don't be afraid to get creative!


Photography: Cassidy Carson

Photography: Cassidy Carson

Photography: Laura Murray Photography

Wearing a Veil
Wearing a veil has roots all the back to the Roman Empire. Fearful that evil spirits would be jealous of her happiness, brides would wear a veil down the aisle to disguise herself and protect any ill-will the spirits may inflict on her. Today,  veils range from long & romantic to short & trendy and act as a great accessory for your wedding day ensemble. Most brides will wear their veil for the ceremony and bridal pictures, then remove the veil before entering the reception (not a bad idea, especially if you want to avoid unnecessary stumbles over your beautiful headpiece!). 


Photography:  Jessica Burke

Photography:  Jessica Burke

Buttons on the Dress
This tradition is born out of French folklore, buttons on the back of the dress symbolize the marriage's longevity (we've even heard that each button represents a year of marriage). Couples were warned to not sell, dye or remodel the wedding dress, for fear that they would jeopardize the marriage's future. Today, we love the statement that buttons can add to the back of a wedding dress, whether they are decorative or functional. 


Photography: Katie Stoops

Photography: Katie Stoops

Burying the Bourbon
Another great Southern tradition that shields you from a rainy wedding day! The tradition goes (very specifically, we may add) that in order to be protected from rain on your wedding day, couples must bury a completely full and sealed bottle of bourbon, upside down, as close to the ceremony site as possible, exactly one month before your wedding day. On the day of the wedding day, get out that shovel and dig up the bottle to enjoy with your wedding party during the reception! While we love fresh takes on old traditions, we think this one is best followed exactly! 

Did we miss any of your favorite wedding traditions? Let us know in the comments!

Cheers!
Kaitlynn + Emma