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History Of Marriage Traditions

Marriage and its rites have existed for as long as the first man and woman on earth. One of the earliest traditions to follow the idea of marriage is the bachelor’s dinner. It began in the 5th century in Sparta. It started when army comrades would feast on the night before their friend’s wedding. This tradition then spread to neighboring countries and has stayed on through the centuries. The use of bouquets in weddings began when ladies carried garlic and other herbs to drive away evil spirits as the bride groom walked down to the altar. As age went fast, the garlic and other herbs gradually shifted to flowers instead, the point being that they would better symbolize the love between the two. The flowers used in groom wedding cake toppers http://www.topsforcakes.com.au/product-category/wedding/ differ area by area. 

During the middle ages, weddings were usually kept to just family and did not involve any parties or such or even the clergy. All that was required was the consent from two parties. In the 15th century this changed and a policy was put in place in Trent that a third person out of the family was required to conduct the wedding.  After a while the wedding event was moved from the houses to churches. The tradition of a best man started during the ages when men would forcibly steal a lady from another village to marry her. This wasn’t a one man mission and the bride groom would ask help from his closest friend and this was how the role and position of a best man came to be.

The origin of the wedding cake was funny, since in the early days it was not eaten but instead thrown at the bride. It was considered as one of the traditions associated with fertility. During the Roman era, the bakers changed it to an eatable cake. This evolved into the current standard. Nowadays wedding cakes are thought to be one of the most important points in a wedding and a variety of attempts from monograms for wedding cakes to personalised cake toppers have been made to enhance the experience.

Other functions like the bridal shower was first started in the Netherlands. In certain weddings, if the bride’s dad did not accept the wedding, he would not give a dowry. To compensate for this the bride’s helpers would shower her with an abundance of largesse thus that she can have her wedding. Wine has been used for toasting since ancient times. Many people thought it signifies life and love. It was made more popular by the story of Jesus turning water in to wine.