Czech Republic Wedding Traditions

Celebrating weddings in Toronto is a multi-cultural event. So by keeping that in mind, there are many different wedding celebrations, because each culture has their own wedding traditions. This article will focus specifically on Czech Republic wedding traditions. So what makes a Czech Republic wedding different from that of a Greek wedding or Italian wedding? For starters, Czech Republic wedding traditions are preserved and they date back several hundreds of years. Of course, some Czech Republic wedding traditions are newer than other traditions and some are old, very old, in any event, that is what makes a Czech Republic wedding tradition unique.

As is with every wedding ceremony, reception and celebration, the focus is the bride and the Czech Republic weddings are no different. Czech Republic brides have to follow the old adage “wearing something new, something old, something borrowed, and something blue.” In a Czech wedding ceremony, a bride wears the garter to signify something blue, something that will come in handy as the day wears on. The part about wearing something borrowed stems from wearing a piece from a friend who is already married. The friend does not have to be the same nationality just married a very important trait in the Czech tradition. The last two points, something old, has to come from a family heirloom, possibly jewellery or a veil, all depending and something new is something that the bride wants to symbolize and a new beginning in hers and her husbands life.

As is the case with most marriages, a Czech wedding has most of its traditions take place at the reception. And to get the festivities started at the reception, someone designated within the wedding party breaks a plate to not only signal the beginning of the party, but to introduce the bride and groom and to symbolize happiness. Cute things that take place in a Czech wedding are that the bride and groom share many dining things together, they eat soup together, there is only one spoon only so symbolically, and they are forced into each other together. This symbolizes that they are united and that they have to compromise for the good of the both of them. Another fun tradition is several hours into the party, the friends of the groom kidnap the bride and hide, the groom has to quickly find his bride and if he fails to do so in a certain period of time, the groom has to buy the bride back from his friends, this symbolizes that the groom has to take care of his precious wife forever.

So in conclusion, a Czech Republic wedding in many ways is no different from a Greek wedding or an Italian wedding, however, in so many ways a Czech Republic wedding is so different from a Greek wedding and an Italian wedding, and it is the subtleness of those differences that makes traditional weddings in the most multi-cultural of settings and cities so different and so beautiful!

Wedding Traditions And What They Really Mean

Your wedding day is coming up soon and you have dreamed of it all your life, but do you know what all those wedding traditions are all about? Do you have any idea where they started and why?

Below you will find a few that we’ve managed to research.

You have more than likely heard the old adage: ‘something old, something new, something borrowed something blue and six pence in her shoe.’

This wedding rhyme began in the Victorian age, as it was used then just as brides still go by it today. Even though many new brides have no idea what it means or where it comes from, they still hold tight to the tradition and use it when choosing what they wear and possess on their wedding day.

What does this old Victorian wedding rhyme mean?

The rhyme refers to many important things, for instance, when it tells of something old, it refers to the friends of the couple remaining true in friendship throughout their marriage.

Frequently a bride might wear some jewelry belonging to her mother or grandmother. Pearls in particular were particularly favored in the Victorian era. However, some brides may also use a mother’s veil, her handkerchief or even a prayer book during their wedding.

Something new refers to the future happiness, health and success, and this is symbolized by the wedding bouquet and bridal attire.

Something borrowed promotes good luck this can be just about any type of good luck symbol which returns to the lender – as good luck makes its own circle. Something blue signifies devotion and faithfulness between the married couple and brings good luck as the cycle continues. This tradition hails from ancient Israel. Blue is traditionally a color of commitment and Israeli brides would always wear a blue ribbon in their hair. Today, brides generally wear a blue garter or they might pin a blue ribbon on the inside of their wedding dress.

The Victorian era sum of a penny was six pence. It was, and still is, viewed as a sign of prosperity, associated with the future wealth and prosperity for a married couple. These coins pass down through many generations in some families as their daughters continue the wedding tradition.

Why are wedding dresses white?

White is not a traditional color, it is a representation of the brides sexual modesty. Long ago, an ancient wedding dress was the best dress a bride possessed. The bride always wore her best dress. Sometimes this dress passed to her from her family specifically for her wedding day, or most often one in her favorite color. Biblical stories tell us the women adorned themselves in blue, as it suggests pure virtue. The first white wedding dress to be officially documented, adorned a 16th century queen and since then the color has grown in popularity as it symbolizes purity of virtue as well as the celebration of a joyful event

Why have traditional wedding veils?

The wedding veil is an ancient symbol of sexual modesty. It has feminine, romantic tones to it, as well as being a wonderful wedding accessory.

Where did the tradition of engagement and wedding rings come from?

Engagement rings come from medieval times and were a symbol of ones intention to marry. To the ancient Greeks, diamonds were perceived to be a reflection of the deep feelings a man felt for a woman, and were used before rings became the traditional symbol.

A wedding band in essence signifies a circle of devotion and love. This symbol passes to us from the ancient Egyptians who believed that the third finger vein leads directly to the heart.

To conclude:

Although there is a wide variety of wedding traditions the world over, some are similar while still others are markedly different. However, all symbolize the very same special sentiments, which are the joyful celebration of the joining of two hearts into one family and the beginning of a new loving partnership.

Wedding Traditions – From Bridal Showers to Wedding Receptions

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Oops, wrong story but you have now found your Romeo and you’re now planning your wedding. Typically there are general wedding traditions the bride and groom follows, from the bridal shower, bachelorette and the bachelor party, the wedding ceremony through the wedding reception.

Most brides choose the maid of honor which most likely is her best friend who has stood by her side through the good times and the bad times. Someone the bride knows and trusts! The maid of honor will help her through the planning process of the wedding and even assist in, or organizing the events such as the bride’s bridal shower. The bride will also choose 3-5 bridesmaids whom will not only stand beside her at her wedding, but, will also help her with the planning or her wedding. Did you know the bridesmaids have been a wedding tradition for centuries? A different meaning back then from today! What used to be said, that the bridal party were there to confuse any evil spirits by dressing the same as the bride. Today of course, the bridal party is there to support the bride.

The groom will do the same as the bride in choosing a best man to stand beside him at the wedding ceremony. Typically he’s the best friend whom have shared many adventures together and held each other up through the good and bad times as well. He would be the one to organize a bachelor party for the groom which is considered his last night out as a single man. Did you know that in the ancient years, the best man was not only the grooms best and trusted friend but he was there to defend the bride’s family off? The reason…… the groom would seek out his future bride, then, he would capture her to make her his wife. Hmmmmm, I don’t think that would work very well in today’s society. Although, I believe there still are Shot Gun Weddings! But that’s an entirely different wedding story. Along with the best man, there are 3-5 groomsmen whom stand beside the groom through the duration of the wedding planning.

The bridal shower is where all of the bridal party, the girl friends and the bride get together and have a party event. They will organize a variety of events throughout the bridal shower event. If your bridal shower begins to slow down, bring out the games you would typical play at a bridal shower event. One game may be, “How Well Does the Bride Know the Groom”. Prior to the shower event, put together several questions to ask the bride. Some questions may include “How old was the future groom when he had his first kiss” or Where was his first date or more simple ones would be his favorite color, lucky number and so on. There are many games that can be played during the bridal shower. You can find many website which have bridal shower games for your event. Many of the games are simple and will cost you nothing to organize and participate. Another tradition at the bridal showers are bridal shower favors. Used to be your would get some mints, candies or chocolates and wrap them up in tulle or in a small favor box. Well ladies, those days are over and there are many styles and designs of bridal shower favors. Whether your shower is a themed event or by color that matches the wedding decor, there’s a favor designed for the occasion. These are inexpensive bridal shower favors you can present to each of your guests and even use as a gift for the winner of your fun filled shower party games.

Now for the best part of your wedding. The wedding ceremony, what every bride wants! As both the bride and groom are nervously waiting, and the clock is ticking down by the seconds, the bride is continuously rehearsing the wedding ceremony through and through, wearing something old (linking to her family’s past), something new (hope, good fortune and success), something borrowed (from a happily married woman for good fortune), and something blue (love, fidelity, and purity). Recapturing all her decisions with the wedding traditions and planning so she has that perfect wedding she has dreamed of. Yes, today is the day the both of you walk down that isle to become as Husband and Wife, a Unity of one, Wedding Bliss, Holy Matrimony, Yes, today is your Wedding Day………… Traditionally, you have a white runner down the church isle (as long as the house of worship permits), The flower girl is ready to spread the rose flower petals, the ring bearer, fidgety, but patiently waiting with the rings softly setting on the ring bearer pillow. Ok, we’ll pause a minute. How many of you know the meaning of the wedding ring and WHY you wear them on your third finger? Do you give up !!!, Oh you’re searching for the answer now, no fair……… The ring is a never ending circle which symbolizes never ending Love, the wedding ring worn on your third finger is that the Romans believe that the vein in that finger runs directly to your heart. I know, I know, get back to the traditional weddings. If your doing the lighting of the unity candle ceremony to bond the bride and groom in unity as one, have the unity wedding candles setting on a table with white linen and lace for your ceremony. All your bridal party in place and the wedding guests are patiently waiting as well for the traditional wedding march song to begin. Let the Wedding Begin……………………………. Don’t forget the wedding favors, let your wedding guests throw rice as done in the early days, but today, there are many options for wedding favors for your guests. Wedding poppers filled with streamers, rice shaped as hearts, or dried flowers made into sachets. Any of these wedding favors you can find nicely package with great presentation to match your wedding theme, colors or ensemble. Oh Yeah, one more thing, tossing the bridal flower bouquet as the bride and groom are making dashing away to the horsedrawn carriage which awaits them. The bouquet has the same meaning as the brides garter, the single woman who catches it will be the next one to Wed.

Now that the bride and groom have become as one, it’s time to party – celebrate a new beginning and journey of life together as husband and wife. The wedding reception will be fun and much more relaxing than your wedding ceremony. As tradition, there are more ceremonies which are organized at the reception. The bride and Groom toast, each of the bridal party will give a small speech and toast to the bride and groom stating many fun filled facts and adventures they have shared with each of them or as an individual life long friend , and how each, the bride and groom are made for each other…..Soulmates for life. The garter toss for the next lucky single woman for her wedding bliss. The wedding cake ceremony, I know what your thinking!! Yes it is traditional for the bride and groom to make the first cut of the wedding cake and, well….., you know what happens next.

As your wedding reception is winding down, the time has come for the new husband and wife to create a little magic. Disappearing acts as the both of them slip away into a limo to reach their final destination…their honeymoon getaway.