Getting Carried away, or why carry the bride over the threshold
Keeping traditions is a great way to unite generations. And I love to know thehistory around wedding traditions. So I was curious about why the groom carries the bride over the threshold. Here are some of the interesting reasons for this custom.
- The bride had to be dragged from her father’s home and was dragged over the groom’s threshold
- Representing the groom stealing the bride away from her family
- To prevent evil spirits at the threshold from attaching to the bride
- To keep bad luck from entering the house if the bride were to trip on the threshold.
- To represent the bride’s purity on the way to consummate the union
Then custom continues even if the meaning is lost. Now it is just fun to be carried by your spouse into your new house. At the end of the first dance, it is a lovely addition to have the groom sweep the bride into his arms and carry her off the floor. This is a fun tip of the hat to this tradition.
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