The Bridal Gift, the gift the Groom gives to his bride has been around for many, many years. The absolute history of the tradition has been lost through the mists of time and is indeed a tradition that is become a little forgotten.
The bridal gift tradition has a multitude of potential sources that range from fertility rites to proof the man has some form of security to the exchange of land between families. No matter where or how the tradition started the Bridal Gift is a truly special part of any modern day marriage whether it be Christian, Jewish, Hindu or even Goth. Wedding traditions.
Gift buying is something men struggle with, they never know what to get for Christmas or Birthdays and have for so long left this up to their mothers and thus a Bridal Gift is not only difficult but potentially hazardous. The Bridal Gift requires thought and needs to come from the heart.
The world today is a great deal more material than it was many years ago and the Bridal Gift really should be a gift from the heart not from the wallet or bank balance. In medieval times the gift was often something as simple as a handpicked bunch of flowers and it came from the heart. Flower ideas.
The gift from the groom is meant to show a level of understanding between the man and his wife to be, it’s supposed to be a thoughtful and meaningful gift. This is the big chance to show that the man knows truly knows the woman.
There is a historical notion that suggests the gift is meant to show the worth of man to the family of the bride, however the Bridal Gift has become less a symbol of status and more a token of love. As the rings symbolize so much the Bridal Gift should do the same. The wedding ring is something the world and its brother can see that says “hey I am married to an amazing person” but the Bridal Gift is a more intimate expression of the same with far more meaning in so many ways. A spectacular example of a wedding ring
In times of war, when the groom was often only home to get married, and then sent back off to fight again the Bridal Gift was often more important than the rings. Lockets with pictures of the man were often given; something to keep close and keep the love alive while the man was away, never knowing if he may come back was important and surely this sentiment as important today as it was then. Locket with photo.
Something personal, something about the people you are or something that is just simple, precious and special is what a bridal gift should be. The importance of the gift is not in the gift but in the meaning and the giving and is a vital part of marriage modern society.
You can arrive at the church late, the bride can be delayed, the weather might not play out but your wedding and your marriage can have the most amazing start that will last forever with the right Bridal Gift. The importance of a gift may seem small, but in truth the small gift could be and perhaps should be the most important gift of all.
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