Wedding Car Facts & Traditions A small collection that you might find interesting
1, A wedding car chauffeur must always walk around the rear of the car and never the front, traditionally this dates back to before motor cars and is a mark of respect to the place where the horses would have been.
2, The bride traditionally sits on the left of the groom because in Anglo-Saxon England grooms often had to defend their brides, the bride would sit to the left of her groom so that his sword arm was free.
3,Tying tin cans to the back of the newlywed’s car recalls the ancient tradition of making loud noise to frighten away evil spirits.
4, The custom of tying shoes to the car bumper stems back to Ancient Egypt where a father would give the groom his daughter’s sandal marking that an exchange had taken place. Shoes are considered a phallic symbol in Egypt and are thought to promote fertility for the newlyweds.
5, In Scotland as the bride steps into the car, it is a tradition for the father to throw a handful of coins for the children to collect. This practice, called a scramble, is believed to bring financial luck.
6, In Germany white ribbon is tied to the antennas of cars for the procession through town. Cars will honk their horns during the procession. Honking back is optional. The ribbons are usually handed out by the bride to guests as they leave the church. (this is fine so long as you have an aerial on your car!)
7, The tying of ribbons to the bonnet of a wedding car is said to ward off evil spirits for the duration of the journey but In fact the real reason is purely for decoration, back in past times before cars we obviously didn’t have bonnets, The very wealthy used many horses drawing a coach or carriage but the very poor used a simple horse and cart probably from the family small holding, it would be decorated by the family’s of the bride and groom to to disguise its humble purpose.
8, Kate Middleton dispensed with centuries of royal tradition by travelling to her wedding by Rolls Royce instead of ceremonial coach, this was seen as a further sign that Prince William and his bride wanted their big day to be a modern affair.