The Wedding Expo in partnership with Old Mutual and media partner East Coast Radio will be taking place on 3 and 4 August 2019 at Sibaya Sun Park, Durban and is the only place to visit to transform your wedding into that extraordinary experience.

There is so much preparation and passion that goes into organising your wedding day and The Wedding Expo is here to help ensure it’s your most memorable!

With the most comprehensive and creative bridal exhibitors in the country, all showcasing a wide variety of wares and services and bringing with them a wealth of knowledge, this is the event that will ensure your day is without doubt the start of your ‘happily ever after’.

Getting married comes with great expectations, from throwing your bouquet to why your groom will stand on your right at the altar. There are a number of traditions that you may not know about, so The Wedding Expo has put together a few interesting facts around the rituals of weddings.

If you have ever wondered where the phrase ‘tying the knot’ comes from, there are many cultures, including Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings, where the hands of the bride and groom are tied together to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other.

Your wedding and engagement rings are worn on your ‘ring finger’ which turns out, has its name for a good reason. The fourth finger on the left hand was once thought to have a vein in that finger which led directly to the heart.

Today we believe that it is bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other on the night before the wedding. Now it is a fun way of allowing both parties to prepare in peace, but in the early days, brides and grooms weren’t supposed to see each other until the last minute, so the groom didn’t have the chance to change his mind.

History tells us that we have come a long way with bride rights when you consider, for example, that the groom had a best man and groomsman to protect him from the bride’s angry family when he kidnapped his bride! And that the bride stands to the groom’s left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.

If your bridesmaids are less than thrilled about matching dresses, tell them they’re good luck! The tradition of matching maids dates back to Roman times, when people believed evil spirits would attend the wedding in attempt to curse the bride and groom (how rude!).

Bridesmaids were required to dress exactly like the bride in order to confuse the spirits and bring luck to the marriage.

Queen Victoria selected an unusual white dress for her wedding, and is credited with starting the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840.

If you are going to wear a veil with a train, you should know that this originated in the Middle Ages and the length of the train indicated your rank at court; the longer the train the greater the stature with the king and queen.

Don’t forget something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!

It comes from an Old English rhyme where old represents continuity, new offers optimism for the future, borrowed symbolises borrowed happiness and blue stands for purity, love and fidelity!

Our favourite tradition, and certainly one that today has no other purpose than to look gorgeous, is the reason a bride carries a bouquet. In the 1600s and indeed for a long time afterwards, people bathed extremely rarely with the annual bath usually taking place in May. This would generally mean that you would get married in June and just to be safe, the bride carried a bouquet to mask the smell of body odour.

A tradition which seems to be disappearing, with the wedding cake often served as dessert, is that the guests all taking home a wrapped piece of wedding cake. Legend says that single women will dream of their future husband if they sleep with a slice of cake under their pillow.

Today we dream of our honeymoon, planning the perfect trip together, but they were not always so luxurious! In ancient Norse times, the bridal couple went into hiding after the wedding, and a family member would bring them a cup of honey wine for thirty days (or one moon) which is where the term ‘honeymoon’ originated.

Once home from the honeymoon, it is tradition to carry the bride over the threshold as an ancient belief that the newly married couple were susceptible to evil spirits and by carrying the bride over the threshold, there would be a protective layer between the floor and the bride, protecting her from the ground monster!

Whether you are superstitious or traditional, knowing where they originate, makes incorporating them into the day a little more special.

So make a date to attend The Wedding Expo in partnership with Old Mutual – and ensure that your wedding day is the extraordinary experience that you always hoped for.

City: Durban
Dates: 3 and 4 August 2019

Venue: Sibaya Sun Park, Durban
Tickets: R100 per adult and R 30 per child (3 -12 years) available from www.wedding-expo.co.za or at the door
Time: 9am to 5pm daily

Win a Bride Tribe package worth R9000!

One lucky winner stands the chance to win the following prize for her and three of her wedding party besties or as we like to call it – her ‘bride tribe’ on The Wedding Expo weekend, 3 August 2019:

  • 2 rooms at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, bed and breakfast for 2 persons per room for Saturday 3 August 2019 (a total of 4 guests)
  • Buffet dinner for 4 at Tastso
  • Mega Stars of Pop tickets at the Rockwood Theatre
  • 4 tickets to The Wedding Expo
  • Total Value: R9000-00

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