6 Wedding Traditions You Should Know More About

I have always considered myself to be a traditionalist. As many girls are apt to do, I spent my childhood dreaming of what my wedding day would be like, and ever since I was old enough to remember, I’ve always wanted to do it by the books. I’ve agonized over my something old, new, borrowed and blue. I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to figure out how I could arrange for a garter toss without my grandparents seeing. I’ve fallen in love with countless white wedding dresses.

However, the tradition that I have always been the most passionate about is that my groom shouldn’t see me for the first time until I’m walking down the aisle towards him. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love first look pictures--they’re always guaranteed to make me tear up a little--but I never thought that I would be interested in having them done myself. Even after working at Ivory & Beau for over a year, my mind hadn’t really changed. I was still set in what I wanted for my wedding (even though I’m still single… Prince Charming, where ya at?)
 

As you may know, the I&B team recently started our very own podcast--due to come out in January, so be sure to keep an eye out for it--and we had the privilege of sitting down with photographer Vitor Lindo. Naturally, the conversation turned in the direction of the ever-popular first look shoot, and Lindo placed a lot of emphasis on the fact that he believes couples should always be aware of the origins behind certain wedding traditions.

While you’ll have to listen to the podcast this January to find out what tradition Lindo changed my mind about, this week on the blog, we’re taking you back through the origins of six of the most popular wedding traditions. It’s not our place to discourage you from following your heart and your vision for your wedding, but Lindo’s right: you should be aware of the roots of these traditions before you participate in them!

VEILS

Veils got their start in ancient Greece as protection to help ward evil spirits away from the bride. The association between veils and purity stems from the medieval times, where they served as a symbol of chastity. The lifting of the veil is a ceremony that dates back thousands of years, a physical representation of the groom taking “possession” of the wife.

WHITE WEDDING GOWN

For most of history, brides didn’t specifically purchase a gown for their wedding--they simply wore their best dress! Queen Victoria was one of the first brides to popularize the white wedding gown in the year 1840. However, this was only in the Western world; according to the Knot, white was always the color of choice for Japanese brides!

WAGNER’S BRIDAL CHORUS

Speaking of good Queen Victoria, did you know her daughter Princess Victoria is responsible for popularizing the traditional bridal chorus? Written by German Composer Richard Wagner for the opera Lohengrin, the march--known to many now as ‘Here Comes the Bride’--was played at her wedding processional in 1858.

NO FIRST LOOK?

While this tradition is on the outs, the superstition that it was bad luck for the groom to see his bride before the wedding day prevailed for centuries. Rooted in the days of arranged marriage, couples were forbidden to see one another for fear that a groom might be displeased with his bride’s appearance and call the wedding off. Say whaaaaaaaaat?

BRIDAL PARTIES

According to Mental Floss, the origins of the traditional bridal party may be traced all the way back to ancient Rome, where it was required by law that a bride and groom provide at least 10 witnesses to their union. These witnesses would also dress similarly to the bride and groom in hopes that they would confuse any malicious spirits that sought to harm the newlyweds. How’s that for a committed bridal party?

GARTER TOSS

The garter toss got its start hundreds of years ago in France and England. It was thought that it was good luck for guests to obtain a piece of the bride’s wedding gown, so the poor bride would have to walk around in fear of her dress being torn to shreds. Fear not, y’all. Grooms soon began the tradition of tossing a piece of her gown to the crowd so that he and his new wife could make a swift exit--wedding gown in tact.

Know any fun wedding trivia? Be sure to leave it in the comments down below!

{Vendor Credits} Photography by The Happy Bloom

8 Tips for Throwing an UNFORGETTABLE Wedding Party

Everyone loves a good afterparty. This week, we've welcomed author Caroline Bird to the blog to give us the scoop on how to throw a party that your guests are sure to talk about for years to come. 

Weddings are considered to be important occasions; marking a major milestone and the beginning of a new life for the newlyweds. This is why you will spare no effort in making sure that your wedding party is unforgettable. When planning the celebrations associated with a wedding, you will want to ensure that the entertainment ideas you choose will allow you and your guests to have fun. 

Photobooth

There is no doubt that your guests will want to take photos in order to capture special moments during the celebrations. While having a photo booth at the reception may not be considered to be among the most unusual wedding entertainment ideas, the large frames, hats, moustaches and facial expressions will make for goofy and fun moments. 

Wine tasting

If you are looking for alternative wedding entertainment ideas that will add some sophistication to the event, you should consider including a complimentary wine tasting for adult guests. Set up several stations at the reception venue to allow your guests to sample a wide range of exotic wines. You may also consider hiring an expert to share relevant information with your loved ones during the exercise. 

Comedian

Choosing a suitable Master of Ceremonies for your big day will help to make the ceremony memorable. You should consider selecting a comedian to have your guests in stitches during the wedding party. Since you understand your family and friends, you will be in a position to choose a comedian whose jokes will not offend anyone. 

Kids’ entertainment

When looking for ideas to make your wedding party memorable, you should also think about your younger guests. Face painting will not only help to keep the kids busy but would also be a great idea to explore if you will have a photo booth at the venue of your wedding reception. You can also make toys, coloring books and a host of goodies available to ensure that kids are entertained during the event.

Live performances

Music, they say, is food for the soul. This is why you should consider playing music at your wedding party. However, if you are to make it memorable, you may want to go for live performances. Getting a DJ, band or belly dancers to keep your guests entertained will make for a more engaging way to celebrate your big day. A DJ will play your choice of music and may get your guests on the dance floor. 

Fireworks

Your guest are more likely to remember your special day if you include unique wedding entertainment ideas in your wedding party. Since there is a good chance that all your guests will be in the mood to celebrate, a bonfire and some fireworks in the evening will help to mark the day in style. A professional fireworks display will have your guests thinking about the wedding party for a considerable period of time. 

Games and fun activities

There are a number of games and fun activities that can help to get your guests to interact with each other. Bowling, mini golf, croquet and dance contests are some of the activities you should consider. The newlyweds can also engage in a fun activity that will entertain guests. 

Sing your wish

When celebrations are almost coming to an end and guests are about to leave, you can give them a chance to sing their wishes for you and your spouse. Although this is one of the best wedding evening entertainment ideas, you should consider informing your guests early enough in order to avoid embarrassments. 

Proper planning will help you to achieve a successful and unforgettable wedding party. You should think about involving your bridesmaids and wedding planner in suggesting and choosing the best wedding entertainment ideas.

Thanks again to author Caroline Bird for contributing this week's guest post! 

Fall/Winter 2017 Wedding Trends

Do you feel that chill in the air? It looks like winter’s finally come to the south, y’all, and we couldn’t be more excited! While you’re getting cozy in your sweaters and sippin’ on your hot cocoa, we’re taking advantage of the season to celebrate up-and-coming trends. This week, we’ve invited our friends The Black Tux to spill the tea on the hottest wedding fashions for Fall/Winter 2017!

(PS, did you know that Ivory & Beau recently partnered with Jim’s Formal Wear to offer tuxedo rentals as well?)

Whimsical Wedding

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Bountiful blooms, twinkling lights, and little gold dinosaurs… whimsical weddings will always have a special place in our hearts. 

Soho South is the perfect venue for a wedding full of whimsy. From the draping lights to the mismatched chairs, this colorful cafe makes for the most magnificent photos. We love the idea of a tea garden wedding at Savannah’s Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum--you could totally dress it up with the help of our friends at Lillian’s China.

Don’t be afraid to be bold with your wedding attire. We love blush colored gowns and textured, colorful suits and tuxedos--deep blue or magenta, anyone?

Elegant Wedding

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Timeless and classic, elegant weddings take the meaning of breathtaking to the next level. 

There’s nothing we love more than designing the florals for a fairytale wedding. Could you imagine the Kimpton-Brice all decked out with white blooms and lush greenery? How about a candlelit ceremony in the Westin’s ballroom? 

Dress up your elegant wedding: make it a black (bowtie) affair or opt for a white dinner jacket. Brides are sure to stun in a lace ballgown or a classic white satin sheath dress and a flowing white veil. 
 

Rustic Wedding

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Would it be an Ivory & Beau post if there wasn’t at least a touch of boho-chic? 

There’s plenty of opportunity to host your very own rustic wedding right here in Savannah. Some of our favorite venues include Bethesda Academy and Wormsloe State Historic Site--there’s just something so magical about spanish moss swaying in those old live oak trees. 

Rustic weddings are generally super casual. We love the Black Tux’ attire recommendations--please send us pictures if you can convince your groom to rock a green velvet suit. 

You guys, is it hot in here, or are we just a lil too excited about all of these trends? If you're just as eager to hop on the bandwagon as we are, click here to learn more about our wedding planning/floral services.