5 Wedding Traditions that are still seen in Modern wedding ceremonies

Many of the traditions associated with modern day wedding ceremonies have their roots in the customs and rituals of our ancestors. Here are a few of the origins and meanings behind some of our most cherished wedding traditions

1. The Bride stands on the left and the groom on the right.


It is believed that this wedding tradition dates back to the times when the groom would ‘capture’ his bride by kidnapping her. If the groom had to fight off unwanted admirers who also wanted her as their bride, he would hold his love with his left hand while then leaving his hand free to use his sword. This tradition is still seen in modern ceremonies today, but no sword, thankfully.

Luckily, no sword needed here in a modern ceremony.

2. The Wedding cake..


A lovely wedding tradition, of course, is the Wedding cake itself. Cutting of the cake is still very much a part of modern ceremonies. This wedding tradition dates back to the Roman times where cakes were made There are records of wedding cakes being made although they were more like unsweetened loaves of bread. Over the centuries the cake design has developed into what we know as the traditional wedding cake. It was said that if a couple could kiss over the top of their cake that they would have prosperity in their future life together. In a modern wedding ceremony, the tradition of a couple cutting the cake together symbolises their commitment to each other.

Traditionally the top tier would then be kept as a cake to be used at the christening or Naming Ceremony of their first child (as long as it was a fruit cake 🙂

Beautiful and Elegant wedding cake

3.Tossing the Bouquet

Traditionally after the wedding ceremony, photos are taken. In days gone by, there were no photo’s but the women would mark the occasion by trying to tear pieces of the Bride’s dress and flowers in order to obtain some of her good luck. To get away from the crowd the bride would throw her bouquet and then run away. Now, in a modern wedding ceremony, the bouquet is thrown with the bride’s back to the guests with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry.

Modern wedding ceremony – Bride tossing the bouquet

4.Third finger, left hand.

This is one of the most beautiful wedding traditions. Again it dates back to Roman times. The Romans believed that that the vein in third finger on the left hand runs directly to the heart and that the wedding ring represents a never-ending circle, symbolising everlasting love.

Today this is a wedding tradition that is still seen in modern wedding ceremonies all over the world. Wedding rings are not just for the bride now, grooms are happy to wear them too. When planning a wedding, the purchasing of the wedding rings are high on the list of the wedding to do list.

Hands and Hearts combined

5. Wedding favours

Again, this wedding tradition is still very much part of the wedding day in modern ceremonies. Traditionally, these were small edible gifts, usually sugared almonds symbolising Fertility, Longevity, Wealth, Health and Happiness. In modern ceremonies, they tend to be a keepsake for the guests from the married couple. Couples create their own favours and can be anything from a box containing a lottery ticket to personalised candles or packets of seeds. It depends on the couple, their theme and of course budget.

A wonderful keepsake

Of course, these wedding traditions do not have to be kept. Modern day ceremonies include so many different things that are really special to each couple. These days there are so many options open to couples who want to get married and there is more freedom when choosing the place that you want the ceremony to take place. Beautiful venues, the outdoors, castles, the beach or even your own back garden, and to conduct these ceremonies a celebrant is all you need and LOVE of course. http://kendellcelebrantservices.com/weddings/ http://kendellcelebrantservices.com/category/weddings/

Top 5 poems and readings for a rustic wedding ceremony

Beautiful Rustic Wedding Ceremony

Poems and Readings are so beautiful when the right ones have been chosen for your perfect day. They reflect your personalities and your love for one another.

I have chosen 5 beautiful poems and readings that are suitable for any ceremony but especially when being outside with nature and it’s beauty.

Outdoor weddings are so on-trend now. You can personalise your outdoor space in lot’s of different ways. A beautiful theme for a wedding ceremony is the Rustic style. Beautiful wood, natural materials, and flowers make for a lovely setting. Include one of the following poems or readings and your ceremony will be complete. I absolutely love them as I have a connection with them all. I am sure that will suit the romantic and open couple that you are. Take a look at http://kendellcelebrantservices.com/weddings/

i wanna be yours – by john cooper clarke

Originally released as a song in 1982, it is now used in wedding ceremonies as a poem due to it’s realistic lyrics. It still holds a romantic side but in the day to day lives of modern people. Modern couples are having rustic weddings now and the outdoors is a perfect place to say this poem to your partner ” I wanna be your vacuum cleaner, breathing in your dust” is only one of the quirky but beautiful lines included. http://johncooperclarke.com/poems/i-wanna-be-yours

The one – Author unknown

Imagine saying this to your loved one in your Rustic ceremony. I’m just going to put it right in here as it is one of the most amazing poems I have read and heard. It brings tears to your eyes……..Enjoy

When the one whose hand you’re holding
Is the one one who holds your heart
When the one whose eyes you gaze into
Gives your hopes and dreams their start,
When the one you think of first and last
Is the one who holds you tight,
And the things you plan together
Make the whole world seem just right,
When the one whom you believe in
puts their faith and trust in you,
You’ve found the one and only love
You’ll share your whole life through.
” Enough said – BEAUTIFUL

The Song from the Wedding Singer –

i want to make you smile whenever you’re sad

This film is one of my favourites. It’s probably because I grew up in the same era and to be honest the 80’s were the best, yes they were 🙂 Even though it is so lovely as a song, try saying the words. There is a definite rhythm and you can just visualise saying it to your loved one. You may have to sing a little bit though, if you really want to. Good enough for a Rustic wedding, yes definitely, box ticked. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoPQrB-ue8U

if ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together

‘Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne

Winnie the Pooh

Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh. He lives in the Hundred acre wood with his friends. Wow, why not have your Rustic wedding ceremony set in a place that would replicate the Hundred acre Wood. How amazing would that be!

the day i married my best friend

How lucky are you to be marrying your best friend. The person that you tell your innermost thoughts and feelings to. They know you inside and out and vice versa, warts and all, marvellous, just marvellous

“This day I married my best friend
the one I laugh with as we share life’s wonderous zest,
as we find new enjoyments and experience all that’s best.
the one I live for because the world seems brighter
as our happy times are better and our burdens feel much lighter.
the one I love with every fiber of my soul.
We used to feel vaguely incomplete, now together we are whole.

Whatever poems and readings you choose for the most wonderful day of your life, I’m sure that you will choose ones that resonate most with both of you. Remember that it is all about you two, your day, your wedding, your life.

Disney Themed Wedding

Magical Disney Themed Wedding in Somerset

DISNEY THEMED WEDDING IN A MAGICAL VENUE IN SOMERSET. http://kendellcelebrantservices.com/weddings/

A themed wedding is always wonderful but is it Magical. This ceremony definitely had the WOW factor. Look at the tips and advice below on how to create a wonderful magical ceremony that includes your favourite Disney film. This wedding was based around the beautiful film of Beauty and the Beast. The wonderful couple also included the theme throughout the whole ceremony, especially for their individual vows. I’ll just say these words – ‘Until the last petal falls’.


Disney themed wedding
  1. Choose your theme and ensure that it’s what both of you want
  2. When chosen, look at all the little details that are special to you and what you love.
  3. Re-create some scenes for decoration ideas (Beauty & the Beast – Red Rose in a glass case
  4. Choose a venue that suits your theme
  5. Make the invites yourself – Be our Guest – personalise them
  6. Get family and friends involved. They will be over the moon and be transported back to their own Disney memories.
  7. Use Disney quotes that strike a chord with you to inform your wedding vows
  8. Contact me to provide ideas on a wedding script
  9. Together we will create ideas for the whole ceremony that are about both of you, that no-one else will ever have
  10. It will be written for you and about you, with your input. I will then conduct your ceremony in the most magical way