Cultures- General

In the Orient, rice means, “May you always have a full pantry”, or, prosperity and fertility.

A red slipper thrown on the roof of a house indicate that a honeymoon is in progress.

Among early Hebrews, sandals were often given as evidence of good faith in an exchange of property.

Rice is still thrown. Some couples use rose petals, confetti or bird seeds as a substitute.

Some couples adopt many customs from other lands to their weddings. In Europe, couples ride to and from the church in horse-drawn carriages decorated with flowers and ribbons.

They may also walk to and from the church in country settings.

In England, church bells ring as the bride enters the church to be married and again as she leaves with her husband.

In Bermuda, the couple plants a small tree to grow with their marriage.

Among early Hebrews, sandals were often given as evidence of good faith in an exchange of property.

In ancient Rome, the doorstep or threshold was the domain of Vesta, goddess of the hearth, who is associated with virgins. In respect to the goddess and to protect the bride from the evil spirits that hovered about the house, she was carried over the threshold of her new home. This custom is still done today.