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Wedding traditions (Customs) Why is Simon
Rademan an authority on this?
traditions (customs) have formed over the years because of
superstition. The Romans, the Greeks, the Victorians…. And many
more cultures contributed to what is generally known today as
South African (and mainly western) bridal traditions.
Traditionally, it was the bride’s parents who had to organize
and pay for the wedding. The good news is that
times have definitely changed. It is more common today for
both sets of parents to contribute or even for couples to pay
for everything themselves.
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worn by brides and bridesmaids were originally posies of herbs,
carried to ward off evil spirits.
gowns used to be black, brown, and darker colours.
White weddings were an invention of the Victorians – more than a
century ago. Before then, brides simply wore their
best “Sunday” dress to get married in, sometimes with a white
ribbon attached to symbolize purity.
bride’s face with a veil, were also thought to chase away
evil spirits, who would in turn be confused by not being able to
see the bride.
thought to be good fortune to kiss one on the way to the
is traditionally roundshaped, and symbolizes never-ending love.
It's thought that the earliest Egyptians started the practice of
wearing one on the third finger of the left hand - they believed
that the vein In that finger ran straight to the heart.
traditionally stands to the right hand side of the bride.
In the old days, the man might have had to rescue his bride from
attempted kidnappings (I almost said hijickings), and therefor
had to have his right hand free (-to make use of his weapon of
confetti has its roots in the Roman era. Guests would throw
almonds at newlyweds to symbolize a fruitful marriage.
the wedding cake at a wedding was once thought to also
guarantee a fruitful marriage. Keeping a piece of cake is
supposed to promise that your husband stays faithful.
piece of wedding cake under your sleeping pillow at night, can
make you dream about your future husband.
receptions have their roots in the medieval period, when the
groom had to demonstrate that he could support his wife by
giving gifts of food and drink to his in-laws. Some African
tribes (the man) pays labola to his future in-laws.
honeymoon gets its name from the tradition of newlyweds,
drinking honeyed mead (a symbol of life and fertility) until the
waning of the moon.
principal custom of all (If you'd like to be traditional):
old” - from the bride's side (a
happy memory) before she gets married.
new” - Hapiness and success.
borrowed” - Prosperity.
blue” - Purity.
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I do not proclaim to be an authority on any of the subjects I
write about. I merely share my experiences with those who
wish to learn from it.
Rademan is widely known for his beautiful wedding gown designs,
and has reinvented bridal attire for countless brides. He is a
fine ambassador for style and will continue to inspire those who
want to dress well. He has been asked at numerous occasions
what inspires him, and his answer was simple. “My client
gives the framework, and I paint the picture. Life is full of
traditions, so why not celebrate its luxury with the freedom it
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