The Tradition of NOT Seeing the Bride Before the Ceremony | Wedding History

How did we come to the modern-day and now challenged tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other until the ceremony on the wedding day?


This practice emerges from pre-18th century time, when it was common place for pre-arranged marriages. It was deemed "unlucky" for a bride and groom to see one another. This was an attempt to keep the groom from backing out of the wedding upon seeing his unidentified bride to be prior to the ceremony.



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Sources: Southern Living, 16 Common Wedding Traditions

Destination Wedding Photo: Danielle Harris Photography

Venue: La Valencia Hotel

Floral: Little Fleur Co

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