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Wedding Traditions 101: The Origins

Weddings are the kind of events that are filled with traditions, rules, and long lists of do’s and don’ts.

Of course, things have changed a lot during the past couple of decades and Millennial couples these days rarely choose to follow every single etiquette rule and tradition “dictated” in the wedding planning “book”.

Yet, if you do choose to follow some of the most popular traditions, you might also want to know where they originated from – and following, we have gathered some tips to help you with this. Read on and find out more.


  • The cans at the back of the car. If you want to make a traditional wedding exit, the cans at the back of a car are a must. They might feel like a joke torn out of cartoons, but the original tradition was even funnier: people tied shoes at the back of their car for the wedding exit. Cans or shoes, this tradition is supposed to bring good luck in the life of the newly married couple, as well as keep the evil spirits away.
  • Seeing the bride. These days, we perceive this tradition as a very romantic one – but its origins are much more rooted in the reality of a world where marriages were arranged. Basically, this tradition took birth because when the bride and groom could see each other before the wedding, there was a much higher chance that one of them would run away before the actual wedding. Obviously, this is not up-to-date with the societal norms of the modern world.
  • Carrying the bride over the threshold. Again, this tradition has nothing romantic at its very foundation. Originally, the groom carried the bride over the threshold because in the medieval Europe (where this custom came from), it was believed that evil spirits might enter a house through the soles of a bride’s shoes. By carrying her over the threshold, the groom was not making a grand gesture of love, but one that would protect the entire home from the potential evil spirits.


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