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In very early times the engagement ring was given as partial payment for
the bride and was a symbol of the groom's good intentions. The first
engagement rings were made of grass and later from leather, stone and
crude metals. Diamonds became a feature in engagement rings in
medieval Italy as they were the strongest gem, thereby representing
enduring love. The wedding ring, exchanged during the wedding
ceremony, is also a symbol of eternal love.
The bridal veil originated in Greek and Roman times and was considered
a sign of youth and virginity. The veil was introduced into Europe with the
return of the crusaders. With the arranging of a marriage, a bride was
swathed in a veil and revealed to her husband after the ceremony.
Anglo-Saxon brides wore their hair hanging loose while Jewish brides
shaved their heads.
Brides in ancient Rome carried herbs such as rosemary as a symbol of
fidelity and fertility. In Greece the brides carried ivy, representing eternal
love. Orange blossoms were favoured by the Saracens as orange trees
bloom and bear fruit at the same time, thereby exhibiting youth, purity and
fertility all at once.
Tying shoes to the honeymoon car
Among the early Hebrews a sandal was often given as a sign of good
faith following a property exchange. Later in Europe the shoe became a
symbol of domestic authority and in Anglo-Saxon marriages the bride's
father transferred his authority to his new son-in-law by handing him his
While the idea of throwing a shoe hasn't stuck, throwing confetti at the
newlyweds as they leave the church has. The throwing of rice originated in
the Orient as a symbol of good luck, fertility and prosperity and evolved
into the coloured, paper confetti we know today.
link to the past
Wedding traditions symbolise many
things and have been a part of
ceremonies across the world for
centuries.They symbolise the perceived
virtues of a successful marriage including
fertility, happiness and prosperity.
Kullindi Homestead provides a stunning setting for your wedding, situated on
five acres adjacent to the Sussex Inlet waterway.
Homestead hire includes :-
• Exclusive use of the property for your family and friends.
from 12.00pm Friday to 5.00pm Sunday
• Two nights accommodation for 20 guests.
• The option for you to install a marquee, bring your own liquor,
install a coolroom and engage your own caterer.
Jervis Bay Territory 02-4441-2897 m. 0428-496-048
Photo: Shoalhaven Studios
BOODEREE NATIONAL PARK
Weddings catered for
up to 90 people
Flexible packages for
food and beverages
2187479 photo courtesy BP Photos-graphics p: 1300 724 856
10 wharf road, nowra p: 4423 4936
Have your romantic outdoor wedding at
Meroogal historic house in Nowra.
Available for wedding ceremonies and photographs,
this lovely Victorian home and garden is set in an old
fashioned garden overhung by jacarandas.
Contact Sandra at Meroogal on 02 4421 8150
www.hht.net.au or firstname.lastname@example.org
Unique Wedding at Meroogal
Photo Courtesy of Donna Maree
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