Wedding Traditions

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Australian Wedding Traditions

Ever wondered why the bride walks on the left hand side of her father?

Because in olden days he needed to be able to access his sword to fend off potential attackers or suitors!

This is the same reason why a handfasting involves the groom's left hand and the bride's right hand.

Why does a bride wear white?

Obvious I hear you say – to symbolize virginity – well if that is your answer you would be wrong!

When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840 she wore a white dress and she started the trend that still continues today.

Did you know that in ancient times the wedding cake was broken over the brides head?

Fortunately that doesn't happen anymore.

The wedding cake symbolises good fortune.

Why do the bride and groom feed each other cake?

This is to symbolize their promise to provide for each other.

Ever wondered why the bride throws the bouquet?

In olden times it was thrown into the crowd as a distraction so that the bride and groom could run off to their honeymoon suite.

Is it good luck if you catch the bouquet or the garter?

The woman who catches the bouquet is supposed to be the next one to marry and the same applies to the guy who catches the garter.

Is it really good luck if it rains on your wedding day?


It is believed that it represents cleansing, renewal, unity and fertility.