It is no secret that planning a wedding is a big task. From booking a gorgeous venue and finding the perfect dress, to choosing cake toppers and deciding on a grand exit. I always say you never really know how much goes into planning a wedding until you start. While you plan your wedding day you are likely to receive tips and advice from family and friends. I always tell couples to focus on the parts of the day that matter most to you. After all this is YOUR wedding day. Just because your best friend did it at their wedding, your mom thinks you should, or because something is a family tradition doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
Your wedding day should focus on the two of you and the love that you share. While tradition is great, why not explore a few unique wedding traditions that might speak to your personality and interests? Today I am sharing 7 unique wedding traditions that you may not know about.
1. Love Letters Time Capsule
For couples looking to add an element of anticipation to their nuptials, the Love Letters Time Capsule tradition is a beautiful choice. During the ceremony, the couple writes heartfelt letters to one another. These letters are then sealed in a decorated box and are not to be opened until a specified anniversary. This tradition allows the couple to rediscover their own words years later and serves as a reminder of the enduring love they share.
2. Quaker Wedding Certificates
Quaker Wedding Certificates are a remarkable way for couples to create a lasting memento of their special day. These gorgeous handcrafted certificates feature intricate designs and calligraphy, personalized with the names of the couple, the date, and a meaningful quote. The certificate is signed by the couple, witnesses, and attendees, signifying their support and blessing. This tradition serves as a cherished piece of artwork to be displayed in the couple’s home.
During the ceremony, the couple’s hands are bound together with ribbons or cords, symbolizing their commitment and the joining of their lives. This tradition, which dates back to medieval times, represents a temporary betrothal that can be renewed or made permanent at a later date. Handfasting showcases the depth of love and dedication between the couple.
4. Ribbon Pulling
Originating from the Southern United States, Ribbon Pulling involves an assortment of ribbons attached to a charm or small trinket. Before the wedding reception, single female guests are invited to gather around the bride’s cake, each pulling a ribbon. Hidden within one of the ribbons is a charm that signifies a particular fortune or blessing, such as love, prosperity, or the next to get married.
5. Handkerchief Dance
Steeped in Appalachian heritage, the Handkerchief Dance is a lively and interactive wedding tradition that encourages guest participation. Toward the end of the reception, the bride dances with a handkerchief pinned to her dress, while guests form a line and take turns dancing with her. As each guest dances, they contribute a monetary gift, which is then collected in the handkerchief.
6. Burying the Bourbon
In Southern weddings it is common for a bottle of bourbon is buried at the wedding venue one month before the wedding to bring good weather. The groomsmen then dig it up and share a toast after the ceremony.
7. Second Line Parade
A unique tradition in New Orleans weddings, the Second Line Parade involves a brass band leading the newlyweds and their guests in a lively procession through the streets. Participants wave handkerchiefs, dance, and celebrate, creating a festive atmosphere.
Wedding traditions are an integral part of any celebration. While familiar customs often take center stage, the lesser-known traditions in America offer a captivating tapestry of love, unity, and heritage. As we embrace the beauty of cultural diversity, let us continue to celebrate and cherish these extraordinary customs that make every wedding a truly unforgettable experience.
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