What Would a Sanibel Island Wedding Be Without Traditions?

DATE: May 10, 2016

Did you know that rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck?

While there are plenty of brides who might not agree, it’s true according to Hindu tradition. If it must rain, most brides will feel luckier if it happens much earlier in the day.

And what would a Sanibel Island wedding be without traditions? Today’s brides and grooms may incorporate a few wedding traditions from their own families to make for a celebration that is uniquely their own.

Bride and groom hands at a wedding.

At Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, we are well-versed and experienced when it comes to all things weddings. We work with brides and grooms year-round to help them plan the Sanibel Island wedding of their dreams.

As you plan the perfect wedding, consider some of these unique and interesting wedding traditions – and the reasons behind them – from around the world:

  • Family Funding: In Sweden, a bride puts a coin in each of her shoes, a gold coin from her mother and a silver coin from her father, to ensure that she’ll never do without.
  • The Ring Finger: The reason brides and grooms wear their wedding rings on the third finger of the left hand is because it was once believed that a vein in that finger led straight to the heart. How romantic!
  • Veiled Intent: Back in the day, the ancient Greeks and Romans believed the veil protected a bride from evil spirits. Brides have been wearing them ever since.
  • Tea for Two: In Scotland, grooms may present their wives with an engraved silver teaspoon on their wedding day as a symbol that they will never go hungry.
  • Something Old: The reason why brides carry or wear something old – like their mother’s handkerchief – is that it symbolizes continuity with the past.
  • Something Blue: That little blue something that brides seek to have for their wedding symbolizes love, purity and fidelity. Bring on the blue!
  • There Goes the Bride: In Romania, a bride is kidnapped by family, friends or hired entertainers as part of a mock abduction game prior to the wedding. The groom has to rescue her by paying ransom with drinks, money or romantic gestures.
  • Let Them Eat Cake: The wedding cake tradition, in all of its sweet and tasty glory, comes from ancient Rome where celebrants broke a loaf of bread over a bride’s head to encourage fertility. We’re glad someone switched to cake, aren’t you?
  • Brides to the Left: Grooms on the right, brides on the left. This is the tradition during a Christian ceremony because many years ago grooms needed to keep their right hand free to fight off other suitors. How chivalrous!
  • Rice Toss: Guests used to shower newlyweds with nuts and grains to ensure a good harvest and many children to work the land. During poor harvest years, rice was tossed instead.

Bride at a wedding

What do you think about these wedding traditions? We’re fond of the tradition of holding your Sanibel Island wedding at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. We think you’ll agree. To learn more, contact Tiffany Onischuk at 239-395-6009 or email tiffany.onischuk@sundialresort.com.