History of Strange Wedding Traditions

wedding traditionsYour wedding is one of the most memorable events of your life. From the proposal to the first dance to the three tiered cake – traditions and customs play a large part of nuptial ceremonies; although you may be surprised at the interesting origins of many of the things we do.


One of the more fun and whimsical traditions – not to mention practical – when preparing for the wedding is the bridal shower. However, the origin of the shower was not necessarily a happy one. In many cultures, a dowry was given to the new husband by the father of the bride. A dowry consisted of money or property that would start the couple off right. However, if a woman decided to marry someone her father did not approve of, her friends would provide a replacement dowry; “showering” her with gifts and money in order to replace what her father withheld.



While white is the color of purity, the connotation is not the reason for brides wearing white – although that is the common assumption. The tradition of wearing a white gown began in the 19th century when Queen Victoria chose white over the traditional royal silver for her wedding day; inspiring brides everywhere to follow suit. Until that time, a bride would wear her very best dress, regardless of color.


Of course, although we hold tradition in high esteem, we also love to create our own unique memories. Whether you are planning a church ceremony or an outdoor banquet, Zeidler’s Flowers is the place to call for the perfect floral arrangements to set the mood and create the ambiance. From the bride’s flowers, to the bridesmaid bouquets; from altar flowers to centerpieces – we are your wedding source for all your floral needs.