Event: WV’s Wedding Extravaganza & Wedding FAQs

Recently while our men attended the Wind turbine trip at Heartland Community College (You can read about that here!), our women residents were invited to a party that looked into weddings. Our very own Wedding Extravaganza! We took a look at wedding dress and tuxedo looks. The residents discussed what their wedding was like compared to the weddings now a days. What we found out? Suits were a common choice for wedding attire for the ladies back in the day. The choice to do a large ceremony and party was often looked over for a small, elegant affair. Many women who got married in the early 1930’s to the 1950’s chose the court house to be the site of the ceremony.  Here are some pictures from Westminster Village’s Wedding Extravaganza!

The centerpieces and the decor turned out beautifully. Loving the beautiful detail on one of the dresses!

The Wedding Dress: A once popular choice of dress was on it’s way out on the style guide until Kate Middleton’s recent wedding to Prince William brought back a traditional beauty. Kate’s choice of dress started a revolution in dress designs that brought back the long sleeved and lace look. Thanks to Bridal Elegance for bringing in dress for us to look at!

The Tuxedo: A dated look turned recent with an updated cummerbund and bow tie choice with a modern design and refreshing color choice! Thanks to Seno Formal Wear for letting us borrow this look.

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Weddings have existed for hundreds of years, but the weddings of the past were not always like the grand, ceremonious weddings we are accustomed to today. Some wedding traditions, such as the wearing of a white wedding gown, are fairly new. The history of American weddings started at simple, homespun ceremonies and has transitioned to elaborate, public rituals.

Here are some frequently wondered questions about wedding trends and traditions (thanks to ourmarriage.com for the information!)

Why Does the Bride Wear a Veil?

The bride’s veil and bouquet are of greater antiquity than her white gown.  Her veil, which was yellow in ancient Greece and red in ancient Rome, usually shrouded her from head to foot, and has since the earliest of times, denoted the subordination of a woman to man.  The thicker the veil, the more traditional the implication of wearing it.

According to tradition, it is considered bad luck for the bride to be seen by the groom before the ceremony.  As a matter of fact, in the old days of marriage by purchase, the couple rarely saw each other at all, with courtship being of more recent historical emergence.

The lifting of the veil at the end of the ceremony symbolizes male dominance.  If the bride takes the initiative in lifting it, thereby presenting herself to him, she is showing more independence.

Veils came into vogue in the United States when Nelly Curtis wore a veil at her wedding to George Washington’s aid, Major Lawrence Lewis.  Major Lewis saw his bride to be standing behind a filmy curtain and commented to her how beautiful she appeared.  She then decided to veil herself for their ceremony.

Why Do the Attendants Dress Alike?

Who hasn’t noticed that the maids, ushers, and entire bridal party dress very much like the bride and groom?  It was once common for the bride, her groom and all their friends to walk together to the church on the morning of the wedding. Afraid that someone, maybe a rejected suitor, would spot the happy couple and put a curse on them. The groom’s friends wore clothes almost identical to his, and the women costumed themselves like the bride.  These disguises tricked evil wishers into letting the real bride and groom live happily ever after.    Of course, today we dress our attendants alike for the beauty and pageantry of the event

Why Does the Bride Wear White?

The color white has been a symbol of joyous celebration since early Roman times.  At the beginning to the twentieth century, white stood for purity as well.  Today, it holds it original meaning of happiness and joy.

Why Does the Ring Go On the Third Finger, Left-hand?

In ancient times, it was believed  there was a vein in the third finger of the left hand that ran directly to the heart. Thus, the ring being placed on that finger, denoted the strong connection of a heartfelt love and commitment to one another.   Although during times of modern autopsy, this long held belief  was found not to be so, the tradition continued to this day.

Medieval bridegrooms place the ring on three of the bride’s fingers, in turn, to symbolize, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  The ring then remained on the third finger and has become the customary ring finger for English-speaking cultures.  In some European countries, the ring is worn on the left hand before marriage, and is moved to the right hand during the ceremony.  However, in most European countries the ring is still worn on the brides left hand.  A Greek Orthodox bride wears her ring on her left had before marriage, and moves it to her right hand after the ceremony.

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Wonder what weddings looked like in the past? How about the past 100 years in wedding pictures … enjoy!

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