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2020 Wedding Trends: A Sandon Hall Guide

2020 Wedding Trends: A Sandon Hall Guide

Organising the perfect wedding requires precision, and every aspect needs to be planned to the very last detail. Brides and grooms will also have to make many of their most important wedding decisions far in advance, but while happy couples will be excited to get the ball rolling, it can be risky business booking a venue and confirming the flowers so long before tying the knot. After all, there’s no guarantee that current wedding trends will still be in vogue by the day of the ceremony.

However, if you’re planning a wedding in 2020, Sandon Hall is here to help. Our expert knowledge of everything from dress details to the most fashionable cakes can ensure that couples tying the knot in 2020 can plan their day in line with all the upcoming trends.

WEDDING DAY FASHION

  •  WEDDING DRESS TRENDS IN 2020

The catwalks of Bridal Fashion Week 2020 in Barcelona offered brides more stylistic choice than ever before. Whether they’re looking for a refined gown, or aiming to make a statement with an outfit that’s anything but traditional, designers have updated many much-loved wedding dress trends with an array of fresh touches. For those who simply can’t decide on one look, there is no harm in choosing two. Following in the footsteps of Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and Kim Kardashian, it will be common for brides in 2020 to wear more than one outfit on their wedding day.

Plenty of designs will harken back to iconic eras in fashion history. Expect to see a return to old Hollywood glam, with full-skirted satin ball gowns, as well as 80s-inspired puffy sleeves and slinky 90s slip dresses. Renaissance romance will be another popular theme, courtesy of fashion houses like Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang, both of whom unveiled dramatic off-the-shoulder dresses with theatrical oversized sleeves.

As for more contemporary choices, jumpsuits will remain a staple, but designers will bring the look into 2020 with the attachment of a showstopping bridal train. Power blazers, with sharp shoulders and slick lapels, will be another great androgynous alternative, often coupled with shorts instead of trousers. In fact, shorter hemlines look like they will be popular across the board. For the best of both worlds, asymmetrical high-low hemlines are also back in style, and will continue to be a common wedding dress fashion choice going into 2020.

The veil is also set to take a backseat in favour of capes—a much more fashion-forward way to guarantee dramatic movement down the aisle. 3D flowers, feathers, beading, or metallic detailing are also increasingly chic embellishments for any bridal wedding accessories. Though lace will remain a staple material, the modern bride may prefer crisp crepes instead. And although the editors of British Vogue predict that the majority of bridal garments will stick to a traditional white colour scheme, there are still new shades being introduced to the palette. These include champagne, dusty blue, powder pink, peach, lavender, and gold.

  • WEDDING SUITS FOR MEN

Cravats, bow ties, and ruche ties have almost completely fallen out of fashion in the last few years. Grooms in 2020 will be most drawn to a standard—yet stylish—necktie, fastened in a Windsor knot. The penchant for matching the bridal party has also dwindled, so the groom no longer needs to coordinate his tie with the bridesmaids’ dresses. Instead, they are far more likely to embrace playful prints, in accordance with the overall theme of the wedding. For instance, floral patterned ties complement outdoor ceremonies, while those who have opted for a suave and sophisticated setting should go for classic polka dots, stripes, and checks.

A double-breasted waistcoat will be an integral part of a sharp, classic three-piece wedding suit—especially in bolder prints like tweed and dogtooth. Slim-fitting lounge suits have proven most popular with grooms of late, and though they won’t be going anywhere in 2020, there’s also set to be a return to quintessential English morning suits, complete with a statement tailcoat.

Groomswear may also move away from traditional fabrics like wool and cotton in favour of velvet for winter and linen for summer. For those looking to make a statement, classic black, blue, or grey suits may be switched for eye-catching burgundies, emerald greens, or even pinks. In fact, grooms need not be restricted by one colour—stylists expect grooms in 2020 to mix and match different hues to find a unique combination they love.

FOOD AND DRINK

  • WEDDING CAKE TRENDS IN 2020

Brides and grooms are expected to get more creative with their wedding cakes in 2020 as well. Instead of smooth white buttercream, couples are set to experiment with fondant or icing to create unique textures. Monograms and bespoke hand-painted illustrations will also be more common, giving the designs a personal touch. Sparkly silver and muted metallic details are expected to add flash to the tiers, while fern is predicted to replace eucalyptus as the most popular decorative green, creating an elegantly rustic finish.

More minimalistically-minded couples will begin embracing several single-tiered confections, allowing them to share multiple cake styles and flavours, without an overwhelming display. What’s more, many weddings in 2020 will feature a somewhat unique take on the wedding cake. Expect the traditional main attraction to be replaced by tiers of doughnuts, waffles, macaroons, or even wheels of cheese.

  • CATERING AND CUISINE

A one-plate-fits-all approach will be rare in 2020. Couples should be prepared for their guests to come with a number of dietary restrictions, and varying tastes, so sit-down dinners with a set menu will continue to be replaced by DIY food stations, serving lots of small plates. Whether that involves food trucks, grazing tables, or BBQ-style presentation, brides and grooms should strive to present a diverse range of options in the most interesting ways. These interactive strategies are also great for bringing people together, as well as creating perfect Instagrammable moments through unique aesthetic experiences that your guests will love.

Couples may even use their culinary choices to tell the story of their relationship, whether by incorporating dishes they’ve enjoyed on past dates, meals they’ve shared on holiday, or signature food staples hailing from the particular location they’ve chosen to marry in. This bespoke approach can also apply to the drinks. Signature drinks aren’t going anywhere, and a make-your-own bars will give guests the chance to take control of their cocktails. The growing interest in sustainable, eco-friendly weddings will also put a focus on locally-sourced produce, organic ingredients, and plastic-free, recyclable utensils.

DESIGN AND COLOUR SCHEME

According to Pantone, the top colour schemes for 2020 weddings are Neo-Mint, Purist Blue, Cassis, Cantaloupe, and Mellow Yellow. Luckily, these are all versatile hues that work perfectly as both primary and secondary tones in your colour scheme. Though it was once common for a wedding theme to be based on just one or two tones, weddings are ever more likely to include a number of different complementary colours—typically about five or six. And while rose gold has been the metallic shade of choice for some time, gold, silver, and copper will be far more fashionable in 2020.

Flowers will continue to reign supreme when it comes to wedding day decor, particularly suspended floral arrangements, bohemian rustic wreaths mixing flowers and wood, and tailored greenery such as indoor trees. There’ll also be a focus on earthy elements like pampas grass, as well as seasonal flowers. Natural is in, which is why 2020 will see many couples choosing their flowers based on what’s ethically grown at that particular time of year. Here at Sandon Hall, we have an in-house florist that personally grows and hand-picks seasonal flowers on behalf of the happy couple.

WEDDING FAVOURS

Though wedding favours are no longer considered an integral part of proceedings, couples that decide to include them in 2020 should offer their guests goodies of practical value. Instead of providing sentimental tokens that will probably not be used, there will be a shift towards edible, cookable or growable favours. Wasteful packaging is not an option, and neither is glitter, which is messy and usually non-biodegradable. However, it won’t be unusual for 2020’s brides and grooms to replace wedding favours with a charitable donation, possibly giving guests the opportunity to vote for the charity of their choice.

VENUE

Dual-purpose venues will be the way to go in 2020, with the majority of couples set to save both time and money by hosting the wedding ceremony and the reception in the same location. As it looks like it’s going to be the year of nature-based weddings, plenty of brides and grooms will likely aim to tie the knot in a perfect outdoor ceremony. Trendy boho-inspired venues will be in high demand, as will rustic spaces with elegant touches.

At Sandon Hall, our ornamental gardens stretch across 50 acres, making for an idyllic wedding location. Our charming tipi receptions come complete with an open fire, and offer plenty of space for a dancefloor and a bar, allowing the newlyweds to take in the sublime scenery of our divine stately home. With Sandon Hall, happy couples and their delighted guests can enjoy the great outdoors in the most luxurious way possible.

August 9, 2019

    And the winners are…

    And the winners are…

    It’s the announcement everyone’s been waiting for – just which of our three lovely couples has won our competition to win a £12,000 wedding reception at the hall?

    We can now officially announce that Newcastle-under-Lyme couple Tom Savage and Amber Griffiths amassed an impressive 8,766 votes over a two-week period, with Stone-based Lisa McCandliss & Stacey Hulse finishing second with 6,767 votes and Cameron Howard-Wight and Charlotte Hughes from Stafford finishing on 2,059. The couple will enjoy their wedding reception at Sandon Hall on Saturday, 27th April 2019 with a prize package that includes catering courtesy of award-winning Vanilla in Allseasons; a drinks package and 5 hour DJ set from The Estate Boys, photography by New Road Photography, toasts led by The Staffordshire Toastmaster and venue dressing service courtesy of Vintage Venue Dressing.

    Tom says: “Thank you so much to everyone who has voted for us. We have been blown away by the support we’ve had!

    “Winning this amazing prize means we will be able to get married as-well as getting our first home in the next 12 months, which we never thought would be possible and means we get to start the next chapter of our lives together.

    “We would also like to thank Sandon Hall for this fantastic opportunity. This really is the wedding of our dreams! We cannot wait to start planning!”

    Sandon Hall Events Manager, Laura Davies, says: “We are delighted for Tom and Amber and look forward to sharing their journey up to their special day with them. The public have really got behind this competition and we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote, our wonderful three finalist couples – we’re just glad we didn’t have the job of choosing the winner ourselves as it would have been impossible – and all the other lovely couples who entered the competition back in April and made our job shortlisting entries so very difficult!

    “We can’t wait to start working with Tom and Amber on bringing their vision for their wedding reception at the hall to reality.”

    For more details on weddings at Sandon Hall, Click Here

    July 1, 2018

      An evening of classical music in a stately setting…

      An evening of classical music in a stately setting…

      Fans of classical music, opera and musical theatre are in for a treat next month as Sandon Hall plays host to two talented artists in one evening, in the form of young classical crossover artist Faith Tucker, and acclaimed concert pianist Allan Schiller. The evening of divine music will take place on Friday, 20th July with the hall’s stately saloon offering an elegant backdrop to this intimate concert.


      When it comes to the performers, Faith Tucker is a star on the rise. A junior student at the renowned Birmingham Conservatoire, her strong Soprano voice and natural stage presence belie her years, and have seen her conquer major concert halls and venues throughout the UK, performing both classical arias in their original languages and musical theatre.
      Faith’s repertoire covers a broad range of musical styles, and during the evening the audience can expect a diverse programme – including arias such as Pavarotti’s ‘Nessun Dorma’, George Bizet’s ‘Habanera’ from the opera Carmen, la donna e mobile from Rigoletto, Sarah McLachlan’s ‘Arms of an Angel’ and Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ – to name but a few.
      Sharing the bill with Faith is Allan Schiller; one of the most accomplished concert performers in the United Kingdom who has performed everything from sonatas to concertos with some of the world’s finest orchestras.


      From a child prodigy making his debut in Leeds Town Hall at the tender age of ten, Allan performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and gave concerts throughout his teens before, in 1961, becoming the first British pianist to win a scholarship to study at the Moscow Conservatoire. On his return to England in 1965, Allan’s career flourished and was in demand for many concerts including many regional recital tours and concerto engagements with leading British orchestras and famous conductors including Solti, Haitink and Fruhbeck de Burgos, together with playing for numerous BBC broadcasts.
      With a lifetime of international tours under his belt, Allan has earned a reputation as a world-class performer and has played at the commemorations of the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death in Salzburg and Capetown; and for HM the Queen and HRH Price Phillip at Balmoral Castle.
      The chance to see a world-class performer of this calibre alongside a young lady set for stardom on the same evening and in such an exclusive venue is rare, and tickets are on sale now priced at just £20. Due to limited numbers, the evening is strictly ticket only and licenced bar will operate throughout. Tickets and further details click here.

      June 21, 2018

        Cast your vote in our ‘Win a Wedding Reception’ competition

        Cast your vote in our ‘Win a Wedding Reception’ competition

        Three Staffordshire couples facing the public vote as our competition to win a wedding reception at the hall enters its final stage.

        Earlier this month, the finalists joined us to enjoy a tour of the venue and take part in a short video interview that will help members of the public decide how to cast their vote.

        Those who made the final cut are Tom Savage and Amber Griffiths of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Lisa McCandliss & Stacey Hulse of Stone and Stafford-based Cameron Howard-Wight and Charlotte Hughes. The couple who accrue the most public votes between Saturday 16th June and Saturday 30th June will win exclusive use of the hall and gardens on Saturday, 27th April 2019 for a wedding reception party.

        The prize package, worth in excess of £12,000 will see award-winning caterer Vanilla in Allseasons provide arrival canapés, a three-course wedding breakfast for up to 40 guests and evening sausage and bacon baps for up to 80 guests. The Estate Boys will offer a drinks package including arrival drink, a third of a bottle of wine per guest during the wedding breakfast, Cava or Prosecco for toasts and a paid bar service throughout, in addition to a 5-hour DJ set with music tailored to the couple’s favourite genre. Photography by New Road Photography, toasts led by The Staffordshire Toastmaster and venue dressing service courtesy of Vintage Venue Dressing complete the comprehensive prize.

        Details of each of the three couples, including their proposal stories and video interviews available here, where you can also cast your vote https://sandonhall.co.uk/big-wedding-competition-final-vote/. Voting will close on Saturday 30th June at midnight.

        June 16, 2018

          GARDENS OPEN FOR ANOTHER SPECIALIST PLANT FAIR

          GARDENS OPEN FOR ANOTHER SPECIALIST PLANT FAIR

          FLOWER POWER FAIRS will be making a welcome return to Sandon Hall, Sandon near Stafford on Sunday 10 June from 11am-4pm.
          The plant fair is held within the gardens and offers gardeners a choice of thousands of plants from some of the most respected Northern and Midland plant specialists and growers. Plants on sale will range from herbaceous perennials to peonies, alpines, shrubs and ornamental trees, grasses and summer bulbs to heuchera and hardy fuchsia.

          Where else could you come and wander through delightful gardens and buy quality plants directly from the growers at sensible prices? All the nurseries offer British grown plants, grown by themselves and definitely suitable for your gardens. All shapes, sizes and prices to suit all pockets.

          Refreshments are served all day in the Orangery and parking is free. Dogs welcome in the park but not in the gardens. The gardens will be looking particularly resplendent with their magnificent collections of azaleas, rhododendrons and other unusual trees and shrubs.

          Entry to the plant fair is included in the REDUCED gardens admission price of £3.00 and children are free. Visitors are most welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the gardens.

          No advance booking required simply pay on the gate!

          June 6, 2018

            Sparkling Afternoon Tea with Lola Lamour

            Sparkling Afternoon Tea with Lola Lamour

            In aid of Staffordshire Breast Cancer Now

            Sunday 19th August 2018 @ 3.00pm

            Staffordshire Breast Cancer Now invite you to enjoy an afternoon tea with added sparkle in the stately surroundings of Sandon Hall.

            In addition to indulging your tastebuds in traditional English style, you’ll enjoy the dulcet tones of Staffordshire-based authentic 1940s singer, Lola Lamour, who will provide entertainment throughout. What better way to while away a summer Sunday afternoon, all whilst raising funds for a worthy cause?

            (Tables of 6, 8 or 10 with smaller parties by prior arrangement)

            £30.00pp

            Download booking form here

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            May 23, 2018

              Win a wedding reception competition – the shortlist!

              Win a wedding reception competition – the shortlist!

              We are delighted to say that we had a fantastic response to our competition to win a wedding reception at Sandon Hall – our inbox was flooded with lovely proposal stories from couples wanting to be in with the chance of winning this prize of a lifetime!

              There were stories that made us chuckle, that brought tears to our eyes and others that were just mind-blowingly romantic. It made our job of picking just fourteen couples to go through to the shortlist very difficult – but here the couples who made the cut and will now be put through the judging panel made up of representatives from the Hall, The Estate Boys bar service and Vanilla in Allseasons caterers – who are both supplying major elements of the prize package – click here to find out more about the competition prizes.

              From these fourteen just three final couples will go through to the public vote on social media – watch this space for news!

               

              Good luck to all our couples – watch this space for the final three!

              May 17, 2018

                Sandon Hall’s Win A Wedding Competition – ENTRIES NOW CLOSED!

                Sandon Hall’s Win A Wedding Competition – ENTRIES NOW CLOSED!

                Win your wedding reception at Sandon Hall…

                We are offering one lucky couple the chance to win the prize of a lifetime!

                Sandon Hall has joined forces with award-winning caterer Vanilla in Allseasons and The Estate Boys bar service to offer this fantastic prize – worth in excess of £12000 – catering for up to 40 guests in the daytime and 80 in the evening. The wedding will take place on Saturday 27th April 2019 and the winning couple won’t pay a penny for venue hire, catering or DJ*.

                The Prize:

                The Venue:

                A neo-Jacobean mansion set amid rolling Staffordshire countryside, Sandon Hall is the country house wedding venue dreams are made of.

                Still the private family home of the Earls of Harrowby, Sandon combines elegant country house interiors with 50 acres of formal garden and breathtaking views. The entire house is exclusively yours for your big day and, in addition to holding a licence for civil ceremonies in the Library, Victorian Conservatory or outside in the Temple Garden, the estate’s own Grade II listed church is just a short drive – or carriage ride – from the hall’s imposing entrance gates for those who want a traditional church wedding. The prize package includes:

                • Exclusive use of Sandon Hall for wedding reception on Saturday 27th April 2019
                • Use of house and grounds for photography
                • Use of conservatory for arrival drinks and canapés
                • Use of Saloon for wedding breakfast and evening party until Midnight

                Value: £6,750

                The Food:


                The Vanilla in Allseasons team takes great pride in providing beautiful food, genuine hospitality and exceptional service. The prize package will include:

                • Exceptional service courtesy of a multi award-winning team
                • Arrival canapés
                • Delicious three-course set meal for up to 40 guests
                • Cutlery, crockery and table linens
                • Bacon and sausage baps for up to 80 guests at evening reception

                Value: £2,650

                The Drinks:


                The Estate Boys have earned a reputation for providing a five-star service – from reception drinks through to their extensive wine list and paid bar service. The prize package will include:

                • Arrival drink for every guest – choice of Pimms and Lemonade (Garnished with Strawberry and Mint), Gin and Elderflower cooler (Garnished cucumber and Mint) or House Prosecco/Cava
                • A third of a bottle of house red or white wine per person served with the wedding breakfast
                • A toasting drink of house Prosecco or Cava per guest
                • Waitered service for paid drinks and extensive wine list during wedding breakfast
                • Full evening paid bar service with a range of stunning cocktails on offer

                Value: £1,000

                The DJ:

                 

                The Estate Boys take entertaining your guests as seriously as anything else they do. Their passion for great parties ensures all musical genres are catered for and most importantly everybody has fun!

                Whether you’re after a classic wedding disco, the best 70’s funk and soul or you happen to be a Bride who wants to celebrate with an Ibiza twist, we can give you the perfect fusion of atmosphere and iconic music.

                Utilising the latest Dennon Prime Series and Pioneer Nexus mixing equipment (Laid-back Luke, DJ Tiesto) alongside industry leading RCF and Avolites sound and lighting technology. With the Estate Boys at the helm the sky really is the limit on your wedding day! The prize package includes:

                • Tailored play list from The Estate Boys to encompass your favourite musical genres
                • 5 hours of live DJ (e.g. 7pm until midnight)
                • Industry-leading DJ booth – choice of white L.E.D look with lighting effects or rustic wooden effect
                • 2 x Evox8 pro (12in subs) Speakers & Pioneer XDJ sound equipment
                • Range of sound to light lighting effects
                • Mood up lighting around DJ booth
                • Smoke Machine (if required)

                Value: £500

                The Extra Touches:

                 

                • Toasts led by The Staffordshire Toastmaster
                • Photography package courtesy of New Road Photography
                • Venue dressing service by Vintage Venue Dressing

                 

                To enter…

                Tell us the story of your proposal – in no more than 500 words! Submit via email to [email protected] along with any photos or video footage of the occasion to support your entry. Postal entries to Wedding Competition, Sandon Hall, Sandon, Stafford ST18 0BZ

                Entries close at noon on Friday 4th May 2018 and the shortlisted couples will be announced on Saturday 5th May 2018 during Sandon Spring Fair at the hall.

                By submitting your entry you consent to Sandon Hall using any images and detail in press and social media announcements should you be shortlisted.

                *Please note prize does not include ceremony, Bridal party clothing, room decoration, flowers or entertainment beyond the DJ package. The winning couple must arrange all of these elements at their own expense. Drinks over and above the allocated package will be available via a paid bar service.

                **Amends and upgrades to the prize packages may be negotiated with the supplier independently at additional cost to the winning couple.

                 

                Click here for competition Terms & Conditions

                March 23, 2018
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                Sandon Hall prepares for the wedding season ahead

                Sandon Hall prepares for the wedding season ahead

                The Gardens at Sandon Hall, the much-loved stately home of the Earls of Harrowby for almost 250 years, are being prepared for the wedding season.  With our first of the season happening at the end of March and our Wedding Showcase on 8th April our Head Gardner Grant and his team have been busy at work in the 50 acres of ornamental gardens.

                The promise of spring is beginning to show in the garden. The snowdrops, hellebores & cyclamen are in full bloom, the first daffodils are opening into flower, the tulips are just starting to push through the soil & the buds are swelling on the trees & shrubs. We are busy mulching the flower beds & shrub borders with compost ready for the growing season. Our regular Oak tree farm volunteers have been in twice this week raking up the remaining autumn leaves which will eventually turn into leaf mound to be reused back in the garden.

                Our plans for 2018 is to create a potager (ornamental fruit & vegetable garden) within the Temple Garden. Work started on this in January, by clearing the overgrown rhododendron’s, buddleia & brambles from inside the orangery & around the whole perimeter.  Next, the team tackled the overgrown yew hedge bringing it back into shape. Then scraped off all the grass which covered the entire upper planting beds revelling a symmetrical layout made from paving slabs.

                Into February, Grant and his team turned their attention to the middle section tackling stubborn weeds, removing overgrown hydrangeas & a tired looking Virginia creeper from the 100-year-old pergola & changing the square planting beds into circular beds.

                After weeks of looking through seed catalogues & tweaking the plan we now have the final design for this year. With a mixture of fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers & edible flowers some of which will be permanent & some that’s are annuals changing seasonally. The greenhouse is already packed full of Ammi & sweet peas & we are just about the start sowing the vegetable seeds.

                The next stage is to dig over the planting beds & add lots of compost to give the plants the best start in life. It will be an ever-changing scene & will add a different dimension to the garden.

                Once completed this will be ideal for our outdoor civil ceremonies held in the fully licenced Temple Garden, which was first created 200 years ago. Why not come along and see how the team are getting along, either at our Wedding Showcase on 8th April or the Spring Fair in May, or have a special guided tour by Grant and his team at our next open day on 15th July; details of all our events can be found on our “What’s on” pages.

                February 26, 2018
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                Wedding Traditions with surprising origins

                Wedding Traditions with surprising origins

                Many classic wedding traditions have, through the years, changed dramatically from their original meaning or purpose. Bouquets used to be garlic, tin cans on cars were pots and pans and veils kept the bride safe from the devil!

                At Sandon Hall we love seeing what traditions the couples choose for their special day. It’s also interesting to wonder where they came from.

                 

                BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES WERE USED TO CONFUSE THE SPIRITS

                Once upon a time, the bridesmaids’ dresses would have been identical to the bride’s. But if they all looked similar, couldn’t you risk a terrible incident of mistaken identity with the groom kissing very much the wrong bride?

                Unlikely. However, this mistaken identity masquerade was actually the purpose of the outfits. Bridesmaids were put in similar dresses to the bride to act as decoys meant to fool any meddling spirits that were keen on making mischief.

                Over the years however, superstition waned and the bridesmaid’s veils got shorter as the bride’s grew longer. Eventually the common placed brightly coloured bridesmaids dresses came to life with the invention of new dyes, to some bridesmaid’s dismay!

                 

                THE VEIL WAS MEANT TO SPOOK THE GHOSTLY FIGURES

                The same troublesome spirits that caused the bridesmaids to dress in the same outfits as the bride were also the reason for the veil. The Romans used fiery looking veils to give the ghouls a real fright.

                The veil also symbolised humility but eventually became an emblem of status in the Victorian era. The Victorians thought that the bigger the veil, the higher the status. This still applies to some extent today. The long, dramatic veil makes an impact and can look aristocratic. A shorter veil looks demure, symbolising the “blushing bride”.

                 

                TIEING TIN CANS TO THE WEDDING CAR’S BUMPER

                The clamouring of tins attached to a car’s bumper, bouncing along the road as the newlyweds drive away, swoons with classic movie romance. It, began as a French tradition of standing under a groom’s window, making a ruckus.

                It was called a charivari. When an out of town groom had taken a wife from a village, thus taking them away from the local boys, the villagers would shout outside his window at midnight until he gave them some compensation – a meal.

                This tradition was brought over to America in the 1600s and became the norm in some places regardless of whether or not the groom was from out of town. Eventually though, it seems that brides and grooms lost patience with having their wedding night interrupted and the pots and pans became tins and cans on car bumpers as an announcement to everyone around of a happy union.

                 

                BOUQUETS WERE MADE FROM ROSEMARY AND GARLIC

                Have you even wondered how the tradition of carrying a bouquet started? Well, this is how. At a time when diseases like the black plague were around, people would carry garlic and rosemary bunches hoping the pungent smells would protect them from illness.

                This in turn became a symbol of good luck and thus, because of the well wishing that comes with celebrating the union between two people, it found its way into weddings.

                Over time people started adding other fragrant smells and appealing looking flowers to the bouquet.the garlic, dill or rosemary fading out of fashion. Different herbs have varying symbolic meanings and thus the idea of a lucky bouquet gained a firm foothold in weddings.

                January 26, 2017
                • Weddings

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