9 Ways to Make Your Wedding More Traditional in the 21st Century

As one of the finest wedding venues in the West Midlands, here at Wroxall Abbey Hotel and Estate, we are committed to helping you plan the perfect wedding. Nowadays, people seem to be constantly competing for the biggest and best wedding possible. But why not stand out by harking back to a simpler time? Here in Britain we have some pretty spectacular wedding traditions, so why not give them a go?

1. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Not an uncommon tradition, but one that seems to be fading, is the bride having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for her wedding day.

2. The taller the cake…

The tradition of tiered cakes came from a game where the bride and groom tried to kiss over a cake which continually has more layers added without knocking it over. Why not try this fun game to add a touch of quirky tradition to your wedding?

3. Do as Queen Victoria did

Not only did Queen Victoria make wearing a white bridal gown popular in the western world, but she was also the first bride to walk down the aisle to Wagner’s ‘Bridal Chorus’. Before white became the colour of choice for blushing brides, women simply wore their best dress- often red.

4. After the first dance…

Etiquette dictates the groom should also dance with both mothers, the bride with both fathers, the mother of the bride with the father of the groom and vice versa and the best man with the chief bridesmaid, too!

5. Wedding favours?

Forget expensive favours! The traditional choice is five sugared almonds representing the five blessings of Health, Wealth, Happiness, Long Life and Fertility.

6. Surprise honeymoon?

For brave brides only… Traditionally the groom would organise the honeymoon and surprise the bride with an unknown destination. Maybe not one for the control freaks…

7. Ring rules…

On your wedding day, no rings should be worn aside from the engagement ring, which should be moved to the right ring finger for the ceremony, leaving the left ring finger free for the wedding ring. After the ceremony, the engagement ring can be restored to its rightful place on the left hand.

8. No peeking!

We all know it’s tradition that the bride and groom shouldn’t see each other before bride walks down the aisle. Many people have discarded this custom, but it can help to add a sense of significance to the momentous occasion that is your wedding day.

9. Put a silver sixpence in the bride’s left shoe…

In a tradition that stems from the days of dowry giving, it is traditional for the father of the bride to present his daughter with a silver sixpence that she will wear in her left shoe for luck. If that all sounds a bit farfetched (not to mention uncomfortable!) then simply receiving the symbolic coin is probably enough.

If all of these interesting traditions sound like your cup of tea, then why not choose the perfect traditional setting for your wedding? The history of Wroxall Abbey can be traced back to the 12th century, making it the perfect Warwickshire wedding venue for your traditional nuptials. To enquire about Wroxall Abbey’s wedding services, give us a call on 01926 484 470 or email weddings@wroxall.com.

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