The Shocking History of Wedding Traditions!

Hello Everyone!  It is ME, Bassett!  I hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday.

However, while most people’s relatives are leaving after the Easter holiday, all of mine are arriving this upcoming week.

Why, you may ask?  Well, a sibling of mine is getting married this upcoming week.  Obviously, this means that I get to experience, yet again, another wedding ceremony.

So cue the wedding bells…and the questions!

We all have attended a wedding at one point in our lives, if not on a consistent basis.  While some people may cry during weddings, and others may sigh from boredom, I have always wondered about the origins of the traditions that surround this important event.

But finally, I have found some answers to the origins and history of the most common wedding traditions.  So lets just jump into it!

The Wedding Rings

Perhaps the most symbolic part of a wedding is the rings.  Rings portray commitment and loyalty.  However, that was not quite why rings were originally used.

Since weddings used to be more of a exchange of ownership, and less about love, rings used to be used as a sign of ownership.

Oh, yeah…rings were also given to the father of the brides, as a way to compensate them.

As you can imagine, this tradition has changed and adapted over time.  Now the bride exchanges rings with the groom, and it symbolizes something more important then just a transaction.

The Ring Finger

So besides the history of the ring, the ring finger also has an interesting origin.

The fourth finger is considered your ring finger, and it may seem trivial and small.  But back in the day, it was believed that the fourth finger had a vein that connected directly to the heart.  Therefore, the ring was put on that finger, because it was connected to the heart.

However, the main problem with this tradition is that the fourth finger does not contain a vein directly connected to the heart.  It is still a sweet symbol of love, but not a scientific one.

The Best Man

Ahhh, the Best Man!  It usually is the groom’s best friend or brother, who is supposed to offer emotional support to the groom.  However, the best man originally did not offer emotional support, but physical support.

Namely, the Best Man’s job was to make sure the Bride did not escape.  Apparently, back in the olden days, the groom was nervous that the bride would run-away.  This used to be a larger problem than it is today, since arranged marriages were a lot more common.

So yeah, a lot has changed since those days.


So like the Best Man, Bridesmaids had a different responsibility than they do today.  Bridesmaids had three main responsibilities:

  • Bridesmaids dressed like the bride, to confuse angry exes.
  • Bridesmaids dressed like the bride, to confuse evil spirits that were trying to affect the bride.
  • Bridesmaids were supposed to protect the bride from renegades and creeps, sort of like bodyguards.

So yeah, not much has changed.

The Wedding Kiss

When you really think about it, the whole “You may kiss the bride” part of ceremonies is a little strange.  You have a bunch of family and friends in the audience, there to support the newly weds in their life-changing decision.  And to end the whole ceremony, the couple share a romantic and awkward kiss?

I mean, alright…it is just an interesting and sort of ambiguous way to seal the deal.

However, the origins of this tradition is not that it symbolizes fertility or love.  But rather it involved the priest (ironically) giving the groom a holy “Kiss of Peace” to the groom, and then the groom giving the kiss to the bride (sort of like a assembly line).

So, yeah.  The kiss was not about watching the couple being sexy in public, but about peace being bestowed to the newly weds.

That is all for this post, however.  I have got a busy week, with college classes and the upcoming wedding to attend.  I hope you found these origins interesting, and comment below the strangest wedding traditions you know about.

Have a grand week, and remember to do WLYF!

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