Medieval weddings also have the added advantage of being an unusual event
with all the excitement of a costumed ball. Many modern wedding customs are
holdovers from medieval and ancient times. Tossing the
garter is from the belief that a piece of the bridle attire was a lucky
token. Medieval brides started wearing many ribbons to keep their clothing
from being shredded by over zealous luck seekers. The bride's hair was often
worn loose and uncovered or held down with a golden circlet. A married
women's hair was almost always covered. A reception with food and drink
followed weddings then as now, with the drink of choice being honey mead.
The new couple would drink honey mead for a month after the wedding, leading
to the modern "honeymoon".
Medieval feasts were
served in courses and each course was like a meal in itself. There was
entertainment during and between the courses. There was a presentation of
the courses as well as sotelties and warners. Sotelties are scenes or
sculptures and entertainment made with foodstuff and warners are disguised
food. The nursery rhyme about the singing blackbirds baked in a pie, is a
soltetlie from a medieval feast. An example of a warner would be a peach
made of marzipan. Feasts were often served on medieval disposable plates,
bread trenchers. People ate with their hands, a spoon and a small knife the
size of a steak knife. Forks were not used in the middle ages. They were not
unknown, but were only conversation pieces among royally and very wealthy.
Clothing Ideas Page
One of the most
important elements for a medieval wedding is the costumes. They really give
the medieval feel to the event. The bride should pick a time period that
has gown styles that she likes. If warm weather, time or budget is a major
factor, choose an earlier medieval time. The clothing was much simpler.
Therefore can be made of lighter weight materials and the styles are
cheaper & easier to make. Renaissance and Elizabethan gowns are time
consuming and costly to make also wearing such heavy clothing can make you
and your guests very hot. If you live in the warmer states and want a
Renaissance or Elizabethan wedding, be sure to pick a cool or cold time of
year for your wedding. There are many good costume and history books in the
library and at the book stores that will help you pick historic clothing.
Most Hollywood movies are not a good source for accurate costumes.