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Beth McFadden3 years ago

Check out these weird wedding traditions!

Have you ever wondered why brides wear veils on their wedding day? Or where the tradition of carrying flowers came from? Whether you're planning a wedding or are bugged by these unanswered questions, learning the origins of wedding traditions can be really eye-opening! If you're in Cairns and planning your upcoming nuptials, we've found the origins behind some of the weirdest wedding traditions, as well as some fantastic vendors to help your big day run smoothly.

Wearing a veil

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There are two different origins to wearing a veil—one is that the veil was to protect the bride from evil spirits on her wedding day, and the other was so the groom wouldn’t see the face of his bride until they were already wed. These are pretty outdated traditions, so if you’re stressing over choosing the right veil why not skip this altogether?

Carrying flowers

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This is another tradition that has been popular in several cultures since the beginning of time. On one hand, brides would carry a bunch of herbs, flowers, spices (and garlic!) to ward off evil spirits. On the other hand, some brides would carry flowers to mask the smell of body odour! At least now they’re just a fantastic way to make the day more beautiful.

Garter toss

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Back in the day, people believed it was good luck to take a piece of the bride’s dress. Often this would result in the bride getting mobbed after the ceremony! The solution? Brides would throw out a garter into the crowd to distract them from ripping her dress apart.

Not seeing each other before the wedding

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This is a tradition that started with arranged marriages. As part of the arrangement, the bride and groom would only see each other for the first time as they were being wed. Maybe it was to stop any last-minute cold feet!

Diamond engagement rings

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Diamond engagement rings are actually a relatively new tradition starting in the 20th century. While most women are adamant about sporting a diamond ring to represent their everlasting love for their partner, the whole idea came about by the huge diamond mining company De Beers. The term “a diamond is forever” was coined and not only helped them to sell their product, but eventually led them to having a major monopoly of the industry and determining their own prices.


Still need some help deciding on those wedding plans? Check out these fantastic Cairns florists and hairdressersto bring that wedding out of the dark ages!

Ivy Florist

If you want a unique bouquet to carry down the aisle on your big day, give the team at Ivy Florist a call. Working with only the freshest flowers and incorporating plenty of greenery and native plants, your wedding florals will definitely stand out! With more than 50 years’ combined experience in the industry, call Ivy Florist to start planning your bouquet today!
Address: 254 Sheridan Street, Cairns City QLD 4870

Nikki’s Hair Design

For a beautiful, modern look on your wedding day, call in the professionals from Nikki’s Hair Design. This renowned salon has been working in the region since 2000, bringing the people of Cairns top-quality hair styling with a friendly atmosphere. If you need someone to entrust with your hair and makeup for the bridal party on your wedding day, then you’re in the right hands! The team at Nikki’s Hair Design will be more than happy to work with you to create the perfect bridal look to leave you glowing. Call to book your appointment.
Address: 8/163 Bruce Highway, Edmonton QLD 4869


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