French Marriages, traditions and symbols

What are the customs and traditions of your wedding? The day of the marriage, the bride and the groom can respect specific traditions:

The engagement is a first step towards marriage, a moment of reflection and the promise of a permanent commitment. If they have not already, it’s also an opportunity to present families with each other.

The civil ceremony, which precedes the religious ceremony is a public ceremony and the only one recognized under the French Republic. For the religious ceremony, it is customary for family and guests to arrive before the couple. The groom gets in the place with his mother and the bride with her father, walking with the sound of the wedding march. At the end of the Mass, the couple and their witnesses sign the register. The end of the ceremony is a great moment: the photos and the traditional throwing of rice. Now, rice is often replaced by confetti, petals, paper or a rain of lavender. Now married, they go to the “vin d’honneur” and dining. In general, the caravan horns sound to announce the good news.

For a marriage to have success, four items of clothing and accessories such should be worn by the bride on her wedding day. Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue; this tradition comes from England since the 19th century.

The old element is often an ancient family jewel and it is chosen by the bride.

The new element characterizes the achievement and success for the future life.

The element borrowed represents the luck and happiness for one of the newlyweds.

The blue element is often a discreet accessory that symbolizes fidelity and purity in marriage.

The bachelor party

Traditionally, the bachelorette party is the last party that the girl goes to without her future husband, and the young man without his future wife. This event is an opportunity to spend some quality time with his friends. It can take place during a dinner or even a full day or weekend. Organized by friends of the bride and groom, the bachelor party can be soft and classic or completely crazy. Several activities can be done, such as sports, disguises, wages among others.

The veil

Today the tradition is to wear the veil until the couple is pronounced husband and wife – though the veil is often removed when the bride arrives at the altar.

The garter

Tradition dictates that the bride puts her garter to auction on the night of the wedding. The winner (always a man) then receiving the privilege to take it off from the thigh of the bride with his teeth! This was because the guests, well before the onset of wedding lists, had to contribute financially to help start the new life of newlyweds, but this tradition has gradually been lost.

The bouquet

The tradition of the bride’s bouquet was born in France in fifteenth century. Then the bride did not throw the bouquet, instead male guests ran behind the bride until they reached it.

Over the years, the tradition has changed, and now the bride throws the bouquet for the single girls to catch.

Carrying the bride before across the threshold of their house

The groom must carry his wife when passing through the door of their house for the first time as newlyweds. This act should bring happiness to married life.

Photos from, Le secret d’Audrey. Pinterest364a0e83d540485e68c4cd76a8f64dc1 61a17700f7e0f0a10d3d22406580c55c wedding

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