Wedding traditions – love them or loathe them, they’ve certainly made their mark. Whether you’ll be tucking a sixpence into your shoe or you’re ditching the white dress completely, tradition will likely creep into your big day in some way. While many are sweet and emotional moments shared between family, some have the potential to generate some giggles or just become downright awkward…
Speak now or forever hold your peace
It’s the moment you hope will be the quietest of your whole ceremony and, while you know you’re marrying the person you love, a tiny part of you will still feel that moment of panic that someone, somewhere might pipe up, even if it is in jest! Will you be quick to forgive them for that very poorly timed joke?
The best man and the chief bridesmaid
After you’ve said “I do” and become husband and wife, you’ll then turn and walk back down the aisle hand in hand, to the applause of your family and friends. Tradition dictates that next in line should be the best man and the chief bridesmaid, exiting together.
Great if they’re on good terms, funny for others if there’s a history between the two of them, and slightly awkward if they are mistaken for each other’s other half!
The garter toss
This tradition sees the groom remove his bride’s garter and toss it into the air for one of his male friends to catch! He then must put it round the leg of the lady who caught the bridesmaid’s bouquet – ooer!
Want to make sure you’ve got your wedding etiquette covered (and awkward moments avoided)? Then this is the guide for you.