BEWARE The Ghost Bride!!

BEWARE The Ghost Bride!!

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Since it is finally October and getting close to Halloween we will be having fun with everything that is spooky and scary.  Have you ever wondered where the main wedding traditions originated from?  This month we will be talking about several different traditions and how there was a sinister start to them.  But, for this week are switching it up and talking about ghost brides.

Beware the ghost bride! Today we will be sharing with you a spooky ghost story! So, picture it, a happy couple is planning their wedding.  They are in the midst of calling vendors to book services. The vendor and the happy couple end up having a great conversation and then, they ghost you! They stopped answering the phone! They stop emailing you back! DON’T be a ghost bride or a ghost groom!

If you are contacting a vendor, and you’re talking pricing or setting up meetings.  Make sure to go through with to the end. It is okay if you have found someone else that you want for your wedding.  This happens a lot with vendors constantly popping up or if you received late advice about better options to choose from. Let all the vendors that you have spoken with that you will no longer need their services.

By letting the professional vendor know, it will let them move onto the next. They will no longer have to save the date for you and allow someone else to take your place. Sounds like a common courtesy but you would be surprised how many people just disappear.  The vendor won’t be upset if you say you found someone else, that’s just business. Everyone has been ghosted at least once in our lifetime, it’s not the best feeling ever!

So, don’t be a spooky ghost bride. Just let them know, via phone or email that their services are no longer needed. That is all you have to do! Sounds easy enough. Professional companies like us will continue to call and contact brides and grooms until we know the answer is “no.”

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Best Friend or Body Guard

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Since it is finally October and getting close to Halloween we will be having fun with everything that is spooky and scary.  Have you ever wondered where the main wedding traditions originated from?  This month we will be talking about several different traditions and how there was a sinister start to them.  Have you ever wondered what the true purpose of being the best man in a wedding is?

Was the best man really the groom’s best friend or his body guard? The wedding tradition of the “best man” originated back in the 16th Century during the Germanic Goths period.  Unlike today’s tradition, this man wasn’t your closest friend, he was there for other crucial roles. Here are some of the important things the best man did for the bride and groom.

Back in the era where chivalry was the main system in place, women were sometimes forced to stay home under close watch.  To address the issue, the best man played the role in helping the groom capture the bride from her home.  Helping fight off angry family members was very common and resulted in a lot of deaths. Once the capture was successful, the best man would lead them to a secure area where no one would find them.  The couple would stay there until the day of the wedding.

Just like in today’s tradition, the best man stands next to the groom during the ceremony.  The original reasoning for this was that he was able to guard the couple from any outrageous family members.  The best man would usually stand to the right of the groom so that he had quick access to his sword.  Anyone that dared to charge the alter would have to go through the best man first which gave the couple time to escape.

Next time you are at a wedding, imagine the best man having to fight of several angry family members of the brides.  Even try to imagine him and groom going to the bride’s house and capturing her to be married.  Time have certainly changed; will your best man be a good swordsman, or will he just be your best friend!

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The Terror Tale of the Veil

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Since it is finally October and getting close to Halloween we will be having fun with everything that is spooky and scary.  Have you ever wondered where the main wedding traditions originated from?  This month we will be talking about several different traditions and how there was a sinister start to them.  Here is the terror tale of the veil!

The terror tale of the veil originated in the early Roman time period.  The idea of wearing a veil was to protect the bride from evil spirits.  They thought that the bride was vulnerable to enchantment and took every precaution necessary. The veil wasn’t always white like today’s tradition.  It was actually flamed-colored to scare off those spooky spirits.  However, there were also several reasons as to why the bride wore a wedding veil.

According to many other historians, the bride wore a veil to hide her face from the groom.  Why would she do that? The family of the bride was worried that the groom wouldn’t be happy with her looks right away.  While this was covering her face, the groom didn’t have the opportunity to see what his wife looked life till it was to late. The veil saved everyone some embarrassment in the short term.

Many religious historians also believed that the bride wore a veil as a sign of humility and respect for God during a religious ceremony. The Victorians turned this into a status symbol which in today’s traditions still occurs.  The archaic customs were formally put into proper weddings from there on out.  The weight, length, and quality of the veil were all signs of the bride’s wealth.  Only royal brides had the longest veils that were several yards long which touched the floor behind her.

Next time you go to a wedding, look at the veil and think that this was created to fight off evil spirits during the ceremony. Now that you understand this spooky tradition, how long will your veil be at your wedding?

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The Spooky Truth of the Honeymoon

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Since it is finally October and getting close to Halloween we will be having fun with everything that is spooky and scary.  Have you ever wondered where the main wedding traditions originated from?  This month we will be talking about several different traditions and how there was a sinister start to them.  Here is the spooky truth about why newly weds have honeymoons.

The creation of the “honeymoon” dates back as far as the fifth century in Europe and the measure of time was based on the moon cycles that occurred each month.  At the wedding, the newlywed couple was presented with the “moon” or one month’s worth of mead. Mead was believed to be an aphrodisiac, giving the couple an opportunity to binge on wine for 30 days to get drunk enough to conceive a child. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Wrong!

According to many historians, the honeymoon was meant to hide and protect his bride from others.  Family members who didn’t approve of the wedding if it was an arranged marriage would try to kidnap the bride.  Former lovers that were not able to marry the bride would also make attempts to kidnap her. It was also believed that poorer men did this to avoid having to pay the woman’s family a dowry.

The kidnapping would occur immediately after the wedding was over.  It was crucial for the groom to get his wife out of there quickly. In many cases, the happy couple would go away for a month or two. Tracking the moon cycles was a great way of knowing how long they were gone.  This allowed time for all the drama to subside or allow the bride to become pregnant before returning to their village.

It seems a bit extreme  in today’s culture, since everyone is going to away to celebrate. There was a much more serious nature as to why a honeymoon was ever created in the first place. Now that you’ve heard this, aren’t you lucky your honeymoon will be much more relaxing?

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The True Tale of the Bridesmaids

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Since it is finally October and getting close to Halloween we will be having fun with everything that is spooky and scary.  Have you ever wondered where the main wedding traditions originated from?  This month we will be talking about several different traditions and how there was a sinister start to them. Have you ever wondered why Bridesmaids all wear the same dress?

The bridesmaid tradition was created during the ancient Roman time period.  They believed that on any wedding day, evil spirits would gather together for the wedding.  The evil spirits would make an attendance to ruin the happy atmosphere that was taking place in the church.

One of the most important roles of a bridesmaid was to get rid of the evil spirits or at least confuse them. Sounds like a crazy task don’t you think? During the ancient Roman times all the bridesmaids and bride would wear the exact same dress.  The patterns, silhouette and accessories were all exact. This was so the ghosts wouldn’t be able to determine who was who. A floor length tunic with no trim, tied up at the bodice and waist with a single length of cord was usually the design.

Unable to tell which woman was getting married, the spirits would therefore leave because of the unsuccessful attempt.  Not only did they believe that the evil spirits would not longer hurt the bride, it would leave all the other women in attendance alone for the ceremony.  The tradition became so popular that it would later expand into some areas of Italy.

Even in today’s culture, it is still very popular for all the bridesmaids to wear matching dresses for the wedding. Where the problems do come in today, is the color. Now that you know about the bridesmaids tradition, would you want your bridesmaids to wear the same dress?

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