This tradition isn’t limited to just Denmark. It’s also been seen in Egypt & Russia (ironic), and many places in between. Sometimes it was to confuse evil spirits, and other times it was considered an effort to “lessen the sexual danger.” At Contagious Events, we believe some wedding traditions are downright silly. Do them if you’d like to, but if …
…and this is where we get the tradition of throwing the garter and the bouquet! The bride would try to fend off the guests by hitting them with her bouquet (which was carried by the bride to mask any undesirable odors, since bathing was not a regular habit during those times).
At least this gold is going towards a wonderful cause, what could be better than creating a piece of jewelry that unites couples?!
…and a sixpence in her shoe, which traditionally was given to the bride by her father and placed in the left shoe. The gift was a symbol of all the blessings a father can give to his daughter and new son: good health, great wealth and of course, happiness.
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