Some of the most common wedding traditions have strange enough origins as it is. The veil originated to shield the bride from evil spirits, or perhaps even hide or disguise her face. The tossing of the garter was meant to prevent rowdy mobs charging the bride for a piece of her dress or even invading the wedding chamber to verify if the marriage had been consummated. As for the honeymoon, this started, quite actually, as an abduction of the bride.
There are nevertheless additional traditions which appear even much more ridiculous and sometimes downright irritating. A very good example of one particular of these is Charivari, also recognized as Shivaree. This is by far one particular of the most annoying issues a bride and groom should have had to contend with on their wedding day. It was originally a French Folk custom, whereby just at the point where the newly wed couple have retired to their residence to relax, a rambunctious mob would arrive and bash loudly on pots and pans outdoors the couples home.
The practice was a tiny village tradition which spread also to England, Wales, Germany and Italy. It was employed by regional villagers to show disapproval at specific unions. There had been numerous factors why folks could have not liked the thought of specific marriages. Often men and women saw a match as ‘unnatural’ when there was a massive age distinction in between the couple. The noisy clattering was also practiced to show distaste at the re-marriage of widowers or a marriage which the locals had decided in between themselves was as well early following the death of the earlier husband.
Shivaree was also employed in the case of unmarried mothers, and abusive or adulterous relationships. It was even used to try and encourage an unmarried couple to get wed. The villagers would arrange a meeting to determine what was to be done about the unorthodox couple and choose upon their strategy of action. They would then proceed to the house of the unsuspecting victims and create as a lot racket as attainable. Any instrument which they could get their hands on would be used to develop the disturbing raucous uproar, which includes chants and loud unpleasant songs.
Strangely sufficient the custom has actually continued and changed to turn out to be a great natured and supposedly humorous tradition in particular parts of the world. It is hard to envision, however, that soon after all the pressure of a organising a wedding, many of us would take such an intrusion in good humour!