Wedding Symbolism Means What You Think It Means by mcclainmy

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									Wedding Symbolism Means What You Think It Means
Wedding traditions have purpose. Tradition is often full of symbolic activities that only have meaning to
those that are aware that meaning is attached.

Otherwise, the traditions are simple niceties you observe to “put on a wedding.” Although the
traditional meaning may be lost, the people involved are no worse off than those that understand it.

They are not doomed to an unhappy life together. They simply find other symbols to mean the same
things in their lives.

The Wedding Ring
For example, the wedding ring traditionally symbolizes an eternal love. Since the band has no end, it is a
reminder to the wearer that their love can last eternally, so work to keep it happy.

                                   To a person that doesn’t believe in eternity, they may only see the ring
                                   as a symbol for others to back off, they’re married. They assign a
                                   different meaning to the object that is equally as relevant and
                                   acceptable.

                                    They may use flowers, small gifts, and service as symbols of love and
affection throughout the rest of their lives. They don’t need the ring to remind them because they do
things for each other all the time to serve the same purpose.

Wedding Veil
In another example, the wedding veil is traditionally lifted by the man, as a
symbol of taking her into his home. In days gone by, that act alone also
symbolized the male dominance of the wife.

Should she lift the veil herself, it would be a shameful act telling the world
that she saw herself at the same level as the man. A woman understanding
that initial symbolism today might lift her own veil to ensure the world
knows that she is an equal.

She might even resent her husband should he tried to do it himself in favor
of tradition—even if he meant nothing in the way of domination in his
actions. Neither party is “wrong” per se, but there can definitely be strife
and misunderstanding in the events that follow.

Other Traditions
Traditions are constantly changing in today’s world. Where once mothers passed her dress on to her
children; new brides are purchasing their own dresses.
Receptions are only ever held the night of the wedding, that’s just how it’s been done in past. A few
couples are celebrating the night before these days, and marrying in the morning.

The day is too exhausting otherwise. They say goodnight after the reception and wait for the ceremony
the next day.

                                           Chapels used to be the only place for a wedding. Now
                                           ceremonies are held in yards, fancy halls, and sometimes
                                           even rock concerts.

                                           The band Train, for instance, recently civilly married a couple
                                           in the middle of a concert in Salt Lake City. The venue
                                           changes according to the significance those locations have in
                                           the minds of the couple.

Their choices have their own sort of symbolism, even if the parents don’t quite understand why. The
thing to remember is that each tradition of the wedding has meaning if you assign it.

Remember that when you casually throw aside traditions, it can hurt your parents and grandparents
because it means something to them. You may have to honor the tradition anyways, or talk to them
about it in such a way so as not to hurt their feelings.

The Chapel of the Flowers helps people getting married in Vegas. Traditions abound in that city alone.

Las Vegas weddings can mean what you want them to. Start your own tradition with your Las Vegas
wedding.

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