Wedding reception traditions

11/09/19

The wedding is an event of many traditions. From engagement to anniversary, many couples enjoy partaking in these special activities which honour their marriage. In this blog, we’ll be exploring some of the traditions which occur at receptions.

Tossing the bouquet

The tossing of the bouquet is a moment for the ladies. The bride turns and throws her bouquet into a group of single ladies. Whoever catches it is then deemed the next potential bride. This is still commonplace at weddings; however, some brides skip this tradition as they feel its old fashioned and sexist.

Throwing flower petals

As the bride and groom leave, it’s traditional for all guests to shower them in flower petals. It’s a nice way to end the ceremony and give them a send-off. These days a lot of people opt for the more environmental option, such as biodegradable confetti.

Cake cutting

Cutting the cake is a special tradition which is still enjoyed by many couples. It’s the first thing the couple will do together. It’s a symbolic moment which is often the subject of lots of photos. Its also tradition to save the top tier, originally for their first-borns christening, which would have happened a lot closer to the wedding than it does today. Usually, couples tend to save this piece of cake for their first anniversary.

The speeches

Traditionally speaking, there are three speeches at a wedding reception. The father of the bride, the groom and the best man. After this, it is acceptable for other guests to do a toast. In present times, it’s common to mix this up. The bride often has a speech, which is only natural really. It’s nice to have the opportunity to thank your guests for coming and sum up your thoughts after an eventful day. It’s quite common to have more speakers and shorter speeches, so more people get a chance to speak.

Wedding favours

Traditionally, wedding guests receive 5 sugared almonds to say thank you for sharing the special day. Each almond has a specific meaning; health, wealth, fertility, happiness and long life. Shared with guests, these are a great keepsake from the special day. Today, the happy couple can choose a variety of different gifts which the guest can take home. Some couples create a wedding favour place card for delegates. These can come in the form of little plants, chocolates or small ornaments, depending on budget.

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