A lot of planning goes into a wedding. In addition to making a guest list and choosing a theme, you’ll have to decide which—if any—traditions you want to follow at your ceremony and wedding reception. Every culture has its own customs, but in the U.S., these are the four most common ones. 

What Are the Most Common Wedding Traditions?

1. Something Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue

The phrase, "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue," derives from the English. By including these elements in their wedding day, it was thought to bring the couple good luck. The old and blue items are used to encourage fertility and longevity, while "something borrowed" extends the luck of another couple to the newlyweds. Finally, the new item displays hope for the future. Today, the saying is often used as an excuse for loved ones to showcase their affection to the couple by giving gifts that meet the requirements. 

wedding reception2. Cake Cutting Ceremony

For many guests, the best part of the wedding reception is watching the couple cut the cake and feed it to each other—whether delicately or aggressively. As entertaining as it is, the two-part tradition is incredibly symbolic in nature. The cutting of the cake itself showcases partnership while the process of feeding each other symbolizes the promise of taking care of one another. 

3. Bouquet & Garter Toss

Catering to single guests at the wedding, the bouquet and garter toss are designed to playfully show who's on their way to the altar next. While these two traditions are still around, many couples choose to update them or replace them altogether. For instance, instead of a simple bouquet toss, consider making a candy bouquet or attaching a gift card. 

4. Throwing Rice

The throwing of rice as a couple leaves their wedding reception is one of the oldest traditions around. The ancient Romans used to throw wheat—which evolved to rice—at newlyweds to encourage fertility. In modern times, the rice has been swapped for bird food as well as gentler options, like bubbles.

Whether traditional or modern, bring your dream wedding reception to life at Havelock Social Hall in Lincoln, NE. For over 20 years, they've provided a memorable location for weddings, parties, and corporate events across Lancaster County. The event catering company offers two spacious venue options with each featuring a bar, dance floor, and plenty of seating. Visit their online gallery to view their banquet halls. Request an in-person visit today at (402) 467-3002.