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The Interesting History of Wedding Traditions

No matter if it’s a local Wisconsin wedding or a wedding in middle-of-nowhere America, nuptials are full of traditions that have been around forever. From the bridal gown to the groomsmen, the basic pieces of modern weddings have a place deeply rooted in history. While many wedding traditions speak of love and commitment, some traditions have some very interesting origins. For instance:

  • The Bouquet

Those beautiful flowers carried by the bride and bridesmaids had a more metaphysical purpose in the early days. In Ancient Greece a bride would carry a bouquet of herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits that might want to curse her on her big day. Thankfully today the herbs and spices are used in the food and replaced by bunches of roses and lilies.

  • The White Dress

While a fancy white dress has become the standard for brides everywhere, in history brides usually wore distinct colors like red and blue to attract good fortune. The lacy white dress was introduced by Queen Victoria at her wedding. In the 1800’s, white was seen as a color representing wealth and privilege and Victoria chose a white dress. Soon the popularity of a white dress for the bride took over creating the tradition celebrated today.

  • The Bridesmaids and Best Man

More than just supportive friends, the purpose of these wedding helpers was a little more brutal. The bridesmaids, in ancient culture, dressed like the bride to confuse any evil spirits and individuals wishing the bride any harm. They also acted as a physical protection for the bride as she traveled to her groom’s village.
The best man’s original purpose was to literally capture the bride. In ancient cultures, to ensure that the marriage actually happened, the groom would choose his “best man” (as in most capable) to go and kidnap the bride from her family and bring her to him in order to circumvent any opposition. Thankfully, wedding traditions such as hand to hand combat and abduction has been replaced by  loving friends ready to help celebrate the big day.

  • The Wedding Ring

In ancient Jewish, Roman and Greek cultures the wedding ring was only worn by the bride. The ring was used as collateral to pay the father of the bride and mark the bride as taken property. Thankfully, the modern-day wearing of rings by both bride and groom show that they belong to each other as equals.
Whatever wedding traditions you choose for your big day, make it uniquely your own.

Unforgettable Wedding Favors

When planning a wedding don’t forget to add a little something for your guests; a little token of thanks to those who are sharing your special day. No matter which local Wisconsin Dells wedding venue you choose, formal or rustic, the wedding favors should be a little bit of love from the bride and groom. Some fun and elegant favor ideas are as follows;

  • Everyone loves a little something sweet and it’s even better when it comes in a cute bag or package. Candy is one of the most versatile wedding favors. It can be high-end and elegant chocolates, or fun and funky hard candy mixes. Choose a packaging that reflects your theme with a little personalized message. Adding little bags of candy for your guests is a fun and easy little gift.
  • Christmas ornaments or little trinkets to hang in a garden are a unique favor guests are sure to love. If choosing a holiday ornament, pick out a plain design option with a little touch of flare, like simple wooden ornaments with a little metallic paint to add some sophistication. Add a little tag to thank your guests and everyone will enjoy their new ornament.
  • Monogrammed items. A popular choice for many couples are monogramed items like mugs, ceramic tiles or small wine glasses. These favors can be beautiful as well as useful. The only issue with monograming items is the cost. If you are on a tight wedding budget, choose smaller items to have monogramed to keep the price under control.
  • DIY food kits. Fun and creative, do-it-yourself food kits are a terrific way to express thanks in a unique way. Cute little personalized packets of hot chocolate, ready to assemble and roast smores, un-popped pop-corn or even ground coffee packets are delightful little gifts for your guests. Choose a food item you both love, something that is special to you to share with your guests. Add a little tag or message and you will have the perfect favor for your big day.

There are so many wonderful ideas for creating the perfect wedding favors for your guests. Just remember, whatever you choose, keep it simple and let it reflect you and your fiancé’s personality. Your guests will love it.

Wedding Planning: Do-It-Yourself or Hire Professionals?

Wedding Planning in Wisconsin Dells

The stress of planning your perfect day can really take a toll on you especially if trying to stay within a budget. Here are some things you can do yourself to save money and what to hire out professionally.

What to DIY:

Flowers and Table Centerpieces. Here’s something that you can do yourself for a fraction of the cost of paying a florist. For a rustic wedding, try wildflowers in mason jars wrapped in twine. Check out our Pinterest page for lots of rustic ideas on wedding flowers and centerpieces.

Invites. By doing your own invitations, you save a ton of money but also can give them a more personal touch to show your personalities shine as a couple. The Internet offers so many options on Save-The-Date postcards and wedding invitations.

First Dance/Bridal Party Dance. The internet once again can be your instructor. YouTube has videos for every kind of dance you could imagine. Have a special one planned for your first dance and a fun group one for your bridal party.

Refreshments. There are a lot of beers and wines that are inexpensive if you buy in larger quantities. Just pick two kinds of each and you then create your own signature drink that reflects you as a couple. Buying liquor and mixers can get really costly.

What to Hire Professionally:

Food/Catering. Think you’re a great cook and your family wants to help? Trust me, cooking on a large scale is an entirely different animal. Plan a seasonal but simple menu with a caterer and leave that stress to them. You will definitely not regret hiring this task out.

Photography. This is one of the most important days in your life. It’s best to have a professional with experience in lighting and angles to get the right shots. Plus a professional will make it their main focus, not your best friend’s brother who would rather be having a drink at the bar.

Wedding Planner. Sure, you are organized and planned your wedding like a professional. But consider a day-of planner to make sure all your plans run smooth. This will let you kick back and enjoy your perfect day.

Music: DJ or band. This is another way to reflect your personalities as a couple and make your wedding reception interactive. Be sure the performers, whether DJ or a live band, take requests from the guests for the most fun!

Here at The Swan Barn Door, we are very excited to offer this beautiful new venue for your special day. Check out all the amenities included at http://theswanbarndoor.com/amenities/.

 

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