Why is it traditional for the bride and groom not to see each other before the wedding?
Many years ago when arranged marriages were the only way to go the brides parent’s wouldn’t allow the bride to see the groom before the ceremony just in case she thought he was ugly and would run away before the wedding ceremony. This kind of takes away from the need to not see each other before.
But here are some good reasons why to see each other before:
- All the stress for the bride seems to just disappear after she sees her groom. Less stress is better!
- We don’t have to play hide and seek with the groom before the ceremony.
- We take all the photographs before the ceremony so the couple, family and guests all get to the reception at the same time.
- The couple gets to see each other alone for the first time, instead of in front of hundreds of people. They can say things to each other and hug like they wouldn’t be able to if they saw each other for the first time at the altar. The groom will say things to the bride that she will never forget because it was a no pressure situation. They wouldn’t be able to speak if they were just seeing each other for the first time at the altar.
- The groom normally has a more genuine and breathtaking “look” on his face when he doesn’t have three hundred guests staring at him as you walk down the aisle.
Toni’s grandfather passed away a few years back, so as a way to make him a part of her wedding, their families took the wood from an old barn that he built many years ago and used it to construct this amazing set for the ceremony. Not only was it super meaningful for Toni and Todd, but it looks incredible and really set the scene for their special day!