Sep 27, 2022 | Wedding Traditions

Sep 27, 2022 | Wedding Traditions

Bucking Tradition: Carrying the Bride Across the Threshold
Danielle Toth
Unfortunately, many bridal traditions have dark origins -- like carrying the bride over the threshold.  You may have seen this custom in romantic comedies where it’s usually either a humorous or sentimental moment. However...

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Bucking Tradition: Carrying the Bride Across the Threshold
Danielle Toth

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Unfortunately, many bridal traditions have dark origins — like carrying the bride over the threshold.  You may have seen this custom in romantic comedies where it’s usually either a humorous or sentimental moment.

However, Insider reports that the practice originates with the Rape of the Sabine Women, an event in Roman mythology in which soldiers abducted and subsequently raped local women. 

Later, the tradition became a common Roman wedding practice. Insider says that following the wedding, the bride attempted to run to her mother’s home while the groom and his friends  chased her. They then carried her into the groom’s home “over the threshold.” 

At this point, the cat-and-mouse game was a show meant to represent that the bride didn’t want to leave her parents. 

However, the American Wedding, which provides wedding invitations and stationery, also says that generations ago, a bride maintained her dignity by appearing unwilling to “give herself” to her new husband. This was for appearance’s sake so at the threshold of the bedroom, the husband carried his wife in.

The American Wedding also points to the long-ago belief that demons followed the bride to her new home. 

“To keep them from entering the home, the groom would carry her across the threshold the first time she entered the home,” it says. ”After that, demons could not come in, and the bride was free to come and go as she pleased.”

The threshold itself also his several meanings, according to Insider. The British believed the threshold could contain evil spirits capable of damaging a marriage or the woman’s child-bearing ability. Therefore, the groom could not allow the bride to touch it. 

Thresholds are also important in Zoroastrianism, an ancient Iranian religion. Insider reports that Zoroastrians smear the couple’s doorjambs with turmeric after a wedding. The groom then passes through without touching the threshold, and his new mother-in-law marks his forehead with red pigment and throws rice at him.

Bottom Line: While this tradition may have some disturbing origins, if it’s something you and your husband want to do, go for it! If not, this practice has fizzled over the years and won’t bring your marriage bad luck!

To learn more about how brides are “bucking tradition,” read our blogs on the penny in your shoe, throwing rice and something blue!

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4908 Van Epps Rd., Brooklyn Heights, Ohio 44131

Phone Number

(216) - 870 - 4513

Monday - Friday

10AM - 6PM

F.A.Q.

Do I get to meet my DJ?

Of Course! This is your big day, we want you to be comfortable and able to build a rapport with your DJ. We encourage open communication between us and our clients. We can set-up face to face meetings, video calls, and teleconferences.

How do I secure my date?

We ask that when you are ready to book, you give us a signed contract and a $800 deposit. The initial deposit comes off the final balance. After that, you are locked in to your date. Payment plans are available, but we do not require the final balance until a week before your wedding.

Are there any hidden fees?

No. All prices you see include tax, set-up & tear-down, and travel to most places. When paying with credit card there is a 3.8% convenience fee. No fees when paying by check or cash.

Do you work with other vendors?

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