Nov. 17th, 2007 02:27 pm
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After a wedding, when the couple comes home, the bridegroom carries the bride over his doorstep (and usually, straight into their bed). Is that customary in Britain too? Does it have a specific name?

Date: 2007-11-17 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know about Britain, but it is in the United States. I know of no name for the custom.

Date: 2007-11-17 01:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-11-17 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's called carrying the bride over the threshold.

Date: 2007-11-17 01:56 pm (UTC)
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no problem. Glad to be of help.

Date: 2007-11-17 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh, of course. ~smacks forehead~

Date: 2007-11-17 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I did an search on wedding customs threshold and found: which seems reasonable.

This site: says much the same thing.
Edited Date: 2007-11-17 01:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-11-17 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks to the librarian in you!

Date: 2007-11-17 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Always glad to help.

Date: 2007-11-17 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No name, but I'm told that the tradition/practice is to ensure that the bride doesn't enter her new home with the wrong foot forward- must be the right - so bridegroom carries her to avoid the error.
Another tradition- from Scotland/England- First footing- a dark haired man must be the first to cross the threshold of a home each New Year.

Date: 2007-11-17 04:29 pm (UTC)
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I thought it was a leftover from the Romans - simulating the bride's kidnapping because women who freely make the choice to come into a man's house can only be whores.

Date: 2007-11-17 04:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure where I read it- it seemed to make sense to me. Why do you need to know?

Date: 2007-11-17 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Just a poignant existentialist question - I wondered if it had a specific name. Melusin79 answered :)

Date: 2007-11-18 11:55 am (UTC)
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I heard of a custom (south of France) where the bride's friends leave a broom standing across the doorway. It's bad luck for her to touch anything chore-related on her wedding day so she has to lift her skirts high and walk over it without touching it. It's pretty archaic and I haven't heard of anyone actually doing it nowadays but I like the symbolism a lot better!

Date: 2007-11-17 03:40 pm (UTC)
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It's somewhat of a custom here as well. Added by a prank that will await the poor couple, courtesy of 'funny' friends or family.
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Date: 2007-11-17 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Lol! Your parents get loads of bonus 'humour' points!

Date: 2007-11-17 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Over here the wedding party assembles in from of the new couple's windows; they make as much noise as possible to prevent them from *ahem* concentrating on other things.

Date: 2007-11-18 07:54 am (UTC)
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I was wondering where that one originated...


Date: 2007-11-18 11:49 am (UTC)
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Probably just from wanting to be annoying :D

Date: 2007-11-17 07:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm a little late in the game here. I can see you pretty much have all the answers I would have given.

Personally I think its an embarrassing custom. Heck, what if the bride is a little more hefty than the groom?

Date: 2007-11-18 11:50 am (UTC)
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That's exactly my thought! Or what if the groom has back problems or something. We'd all like to marry perfect Adonis with muscles of steel, but they're not all like that!

Date: 2007-11-18 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Yep. I've been to weddings where the bride should be carrying the groom! I was beginning to wonder if people still even did that.

Date: 2007-11-18 11:12 pm (UTC)
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It depends on the people... but some couples do like to do things as they think they ought to be done. To each their own I guess.

Date: 2007-11-18 08:28 am (UTC)
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ive always wondered how many brides get knocked out by having thier head bashed againt the doorpost by drunken or incompetent bridgegrooms? which would sort of make it the modern day version of the cavemen knocking the woman over the head with a club

Date: 2007-11-18 11:51 am (UTC)
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That's progress for you - nowadays the brides are so drunk themselves that they don't care!

Date: 2007-11-18 12:24 pm (UTC)
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they probably have to be once they realised what they;re marrying

Date: 2007-11-18 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Or that they're marrying, full stop.


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