Wedding Traditions & Their Meanings – Things You Never Knew About Weddings

Wedding traditions and superstitions have played a huge part in weddings across the globe for hundreds of years.

If you’re in the midst of wedding planning, you’ve probably been frantically searching for something blue, warning your other half they can’t see you before you walk down the aisle, and planning your bouquet toss. It’s likely your partner also probably proposed on one knee, too. But do you actually know where these wedding traditions come from and what they mean?

Here at The O’ Neill Arms Country House Hotel, we had a little giggle preparing these for you and hope you enjoy reading them.

Why Do We Get Down on One Knee to Propose?
The exact origin of this tradition is unknown, but there are lots of ideas floating around as to how it came about. The act of getting down on one knee is called genuflection, and in the Middle Ages, men would bend down in front of the women they adored. What’s more, in religion, kneeling in front of someone is a sign of respect, loyalty and obedience.
Fast forward to today, and most people still get down on one knee to propose. It represents a certain vulnerability and a deep emotional connection, showing that you’re willing to commit the rest of your life to give your other half what they need and want. You’re almost surrendering to your love. Romantic!

What Day Should I Get Married On?
According to tradition, to marry during a full moon is unlucky, and during Lent is a poor choice. As the age-old saying goes, “if you marry in Lent, you’re sure to repent”. There’s also a rhyme about the chosen day of your wedding, which goes a little something like this:
“Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday’s the best of all.
Thursday brings crosses,
And Friday losses,
But Saturday – no luck at all.”

What Does “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue” Mean?
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” is an age-old Victorian rhyme. Something old represents the link with the bride’s family and the past. Many brides choose to wear a piece of family jewellery or their mother or grandmother’s wedding dress.
Something new represents good fortune and success in the bride’s new life. The wedding dress often symbolises the new item, or perhaps the bride’s shoes.
Something borrowed reminds the bride that her family and friends will be there for her when help is needed. The borrowed object might be something small, such as lace handkerchief or a hairpin.
The something blue symbolises faithfulness and loyalty. The tradition dates back to biblical times when blue represented purity. Often, the bride’s garter has a blue ribbon on it, making that the blue item.

Another tradition is that of a “silver sixpence in your shoe”. This tradition is said to bring the couple wealth and happiness during their life together and was originally a sign that the bride’s father had sent the couple well wishes.

There we have it, if you are planning your big day you may want to do a little more reading up on the traditions and their meaning.

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