The Most Popular Wedding Traditions | Stephen Coleclough
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The Most Popular Wedding Traditions

When you start to plan your wedding day there is a good chance that you will start to hear all about the traditions that come with organising a wedding.

So, what are the most commonplace wedding traditions and why do they exist?


You may just think that a veil is a beautiful accessory that brides get to wear on their big day, however, the idea behind wearing a veil goes much further back than that.

It was originally worn to disguise the bride and makes sure that she is protected from evil spirits.

Not only this but a bride will also wear a veil to protect her modesty.

Trinkets tied to the back of the car

Have you ever wondered why people tie tin cans to the back of the wedding car?

Well it used to be shoes that were tied to the backs of cars, simply because they symbolise good luck not only this but the noise that they make will also meant to keep pesky evil spirits at bay.


Before confetti was thrown at the bride and groom it was rice.

Rice was thought to have given the bride and groom the blessing of not only prosperity in their marriage, but also their fertility too.

Both of which are things that you are likely to want to happen during your marriage and future life together.

The groom not seeing the bride before the ceremony

One of the most familiar of all the traditions and one that is still followed to this day is that the groom shouldn’t see the bride before the ceremony.

Whilst it sounds entirely romantic and it is nice to think about it that way, the reason that this tradition happens dates back to the times when arranged marriages were more common place than those that are not arranged and seeing the bride before the big day may mean that the groom does a runner.

Traditions may seem old-fashioned, but there is a reason why they seem to stick around.

Remember, if you are not keen on the idea of traditions dictating your wedding day, then don’t let them take over your entire wedding day.

Otherwise you could end up feeling a little overwhelmed by everything that you shouldn’t do, rather than thinking about all the things that you want to do.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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