The Bridal Shower – Back in the days when weddings were arranged by the fathers, it is said that a poor Dutchman fell in love with a girl whose father refused her a dowry. Their friends showered her with enough gifts to help them start a household (O.K., I can buy that). But then, there is another story that the first “Bridal Shower” occured at the end of the 19th century. At a party, the bride’s friends placed small gifts inside a parasol and opened it over the bride’s head. When she opened the parasol, she was “showered” with presents! (This explanation does seem simple, but, heck, why not!?)
On Thursday I post a wedding tradition. There are many rites of passage we observe today that echo the past. Everything from the veil, rice, flowers and cake, hold significant meanings. Old world marriage customs continue to thrive today – many are diluted, disguised and often upgraded.