American Wedding Traditions

Some of these traditions may occur in your country too.  Read and find out how similar our cultures are.

When a couple gets married the bride needs to wear for good luck:
something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue.

On the day of the wedding, it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding ceremony.

As the bride walks down the aisle to her groom, her face is covered by a veil. It is then lifted (usually by her father).  This symbolizes her freedom from her parents and the beginning of her new life.

After the wedding ceremony, as the couple leaves the church or after the reception as the couple leaves,  the guests toss rice at them.  It is a way to wish them well. However, it was found that then birds would eat the rice and it was not good for them to eat the rice. So now, the guests usually blow bubbles at the couple to signify well wishes.

After the wedding, during the reception, all of the single women gather around the bride.  Then, she throws the wedding bouquet and someone catches it.  It is said that whoever catches it will be the next to be married.  I caught one when I was 19 years old, but I didn’t get married until many years later.  So,  I’m thinking this isn’t true.

2 thoughts on “American Wedding Traditions”

  1. Nowadays, in Japan, many choose western wedding style.
    Everyboday knows something 4, wedding bouquet dan rice shower. But, I didn’t know that bubbles are used instead of rice.

    In traditional wedding style, a bride puts white hood on her head(wig). Have you ever seen the scene on TV or something? The white hood is called “Tsunokakushi”.
    “Tsuno” means horns. “kakushi” means “hiding”.
    It is said that the white hood hides her “horns of jealousy.”
    How about you? Do you have horns? Hahaha… 🙂

  2. Horns of jealousy? I’ve never heard that one. Very interesting. As for rice vs. bubbles. I haven’t been to a wedding in many many years where they used rice. Interesting how things change suddenly and stick.

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