Traditional Christian Weddings

All weddings are about two people joining in matrimony, but practices vary according to where you live in the world, and what you believe in.

Traditional Christian weddings are when a couple commit to each other in the eyes of God, in front of their family and friends. Traditional ceremonies take place in a church, and the marriage ceremony is performed by a priest or minister.

For those not familiar with the traditional Christian wedding, this is how this special day is observed:-

  • According to tradition, spring and summer are the best seasons for marriage, because they represent new life and fertility, but the wedding date can be any day of the year. A little sprinkling of rain is also considered a good omen for fertility
  • The bride traditionally wears a white dress, a veil and a long train. The custom of wearing white was popularised in the Victorian era, due to Queen Victoria in her choice of the colour white becoming a symbol of virginal purity
  • The wedding ceremony begins when the bride enters the church, usually on the arm of her father, to be led up the aisle. On reaching her waiting groom, her father agrees to give her away to the new man in her life
  • The couple exchange vows and the exchange of wedding rings is blessed by the minister, and followed by the declaration of marriage. The rings are symbolic of the never ending nature of love
  • The couple are considered officially married once they sign the register. Photos are taken of the bride, groom and wedding party, which usually consists of a best man, matron of honour, bridesmaids and their partners; and sometimes flower girls and page boys
  • Once the wedding ceremony is over, celebrations follow with family and friends at the wedding reception. Usually this involves a meal, and drinks to toast the newly married couple
  • Speeches are made, toasting the newly married couple and other members of the bridal party; and the wedding cake, traditionally a tiered fruit cake, is cut by the bride and groom. The newly married couple save one of the tiers to eat on their first wedding anniversary
  • Dancing follows with the bride and groom taking to the dance floor first, to enjoy their first dance as a married couple. The evening concludes with the bride and groom leaving first, to depart for their honeymoon

These days, more and more couples are opting for ‘weddings with a difference’, and a popular venue for the ceremony is a nature setting such as a garden or at a beach. A marriage celebrant replaces the priest or minister to officiate the service.

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