Now that we are all healthy once again and life seems to be leveling out (Lucy is loving her new job and even wrote her very first guest post here last Sunday. Go read it now if you missed it!!) I can finally bring the blog up to speed with what's on my mind this week. I mentioned a few weeks ago that Broccoli and Brookli were going to tie the knot. Well apparently things are moving a little faster than Broccoli expect (after all it took him 10 yrs to propose why rush into anything like a wedding) and a date has been set for November the 1st.
This past weekend he was in town taking care of some biz. He stopped by to ask me to be his best man and Fred to be a ring bearer. Lucy of course will be the one that gets to train Fred to walk down the isle. So just to mix and lighten things up a bit, I thought it would be cool to chat about where we get our wedding traditions.
Tossing The Bouquet:
They say: "Tossing the bouquet is a tradition that stems from England. Women used to try to rip pieces of the bride's dress and flowers in order to obtain some of her good luck. To escape from the crowd the bride would toss her bouquet and run away. Today the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry"
I say: I think it would be pretty cool to see a bunch of women maul each other and might actually get me to agree to go to more weddings like Lucy is always begging me to.
Giving Away The Bride:
They say: "The tradition of the father giving away his daughter has its roots in the days of arranged marriages. Daughters in those times were considered their father's property. It was the father's right to give his child to the groom, usually for a price. Today a father giving away his daughter is a symbol of his blessing of the marriage."
I say: Though money may no longer change hands in the literal sense, the father (after years of spoiling his beloved daughter) does end up saving quite a bit. The then daughter-now wife has learned to live with getting everything she asks for and transfers this duty from her father to her new husband.
The Wedding Ring:
They say: "The wedding ring has been worn on the third finger of the left hand since Roman times. The Romans believed that the vein in that finger runs directly to the heart. The wedding ring is a never-ending circle, which symbolizes everlasting love."
I say: A lot of women (not Lucy) but A LOT of women think that this vein which links the finger to the heart actually leads to a more shall I say sensitive part of the mans body.
The Best Man:
They say: "In ancient times, men sometimes captured women to make them their brides. A man would take along his strongest and most trusted friend to help him fight resistance from the woman's family. This friend, therefore, was considered the best man among his friends. In Anglo-Saxon England, the best man accompanied the groom up the aisle to help defend the bride."
I Say: The best man should be a permanent fixture always lurking a couple steps behind the husband, cause trust me her family don't quit throw'n stones just because you put a ring on her finger.
The Tiered Wedding Cake:
They say: "The origin of the tiered wedding cake also lies in Anglo-Saxon times. Guests would bring small cakes to the wedding and stack them on top of each other. Later, a clever French baker created a cake in the shape of the small cakes and covered it in frosting. It is now known as the tiered cake."
I say: Let's go back to everybody bringing a cake!!!
The Bridal Veil:
They say: "The bridal veil has long been a symbol of youth, modesty, and virginity and was used to ward off evil."
I say: Can we bring that veil back out once a month?