If you've been to a wedding in Michigan, a party, or heck, any event at all, you've probably seen or participated in the dance called the "Detroit Hustle." You know the one, usually set to the Stevie Wonder song "My Eyes Don't Cry No More", the dance is one of the surest bets you can find at wedding receptions, next to things like cake and chairs.
Wedding Ceremonies, of all faiths, have deep histories and long-standing traditions associated with them. You might not know that the Unity Candle Ceremony is a fairly new tradition, having only been around for the past 30 or 40 years.
The white wedding dress is perhaps the most symbolic part of today's wedding ceremony. Through different religions and denominations, each wedding is unique in its customs. And although the styles may differ, and color accents may be added, in most every modern wedding you will see the bride wearing a white wedding dress.
Cake has been a part of wedding celebrations since the Roman Empire. Back then, there wasn't even icing, and the common tradition was for the groom to break the bread over the top of the bride's head, to signify his dominance over her!
Many brides today spend an incredible amount of time and effort, in an attempt to make their wedding different, and as unique as possible. But every wedding has many of the same basic elements and traditions: the white dress, the best man/maid of honor, the wedding cake, etc. But where do these traditions come from? This time, we'll look at the Maid of Honor & Bridesmaid.
The Maid of Honor (or Matron of Honor if she is married) originally referred to the female attendant of a queen. Typically it is the bride's closest friend or sister. The tradition of the Maid of Honor (and Bridesmaids) is thought to have originated from Roman law, which required ten witnesses in order to outsmart evil spirits. These evil spirits were believed to be present at all marriage ceremonies. So the Bridesmaids would all dress in identical clothing to the bride and groom, so that the evil spirits would not know who was getting married.
One is an celebration of a milestone in the life of two loved ones, the other is a holiday known for its costumes, candy, and trick-or-treating. And while Halloween and your wedding can be equally scary, they actually have a lot more in common than you would think.
Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 FIVE consecutive years and is currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached