Stag Night

February 29th, 2012 by cheryl

Stag Night

 

The tradition of stag night goes back to Henry Vlll where he would command you to attend his celebrations by a town crier or letter on the pain of death.

 

Some people believe the stag night goes back to the 5th century where it was tradtional for the Spartans to hold a banquet in honour of the groom to celebrate his last night as a single man.

 

A stag night is a right of passage of an adolescent to a man with responsibilities.  Recently the idea of the stag weekend has become more popular than the stag night, where a group of male friends go away for the weekend.

 

The most popularUKdestinations for the stag weekend are

  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • Cardiff
  • Nottingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Blackpool
  • London

On the rise due to the budget airlines some stag weekend go abroad the most popular places are

  • Krakow
  • Dublin
  • Riga
  • Prague
  • Amsterdam
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest

A bachelor party may involve activities beyond the usual party and social gathering ingredients (often drinking alcohol and gambling), such as going to a strip clubs or hiring a stripper, and, in some traditions, more hazing -like tests and pranks at the groom’s expense, performed as a rite of passage from bachelorhood (associated with an adolescent lifestyle, often in the common past of most participants, e.g. in their student years) to the “more responsible” marital life.

The task of organizing a bachelor party is often traditionally assigned to a male sibling of the bachelor or to the best man. Otherwise, any male friend will organize it. The planned activities of a bachelor party are traditionally kept secret from the groom.

 

The Ladies Privilege

February 8th, 2012 by cheryl

The Ladies Privilege

  

The ladies privilege relates to 29th February, where tradition states that on this day women can propose marriage to a man.

In the 5th century St Bridget from Ireland complained to St Patrick about women having to wait for the men to propose. So according to legend St Patrick replied that on the 29th February women can propose to the man of her choice.

The right for women to propose on this date goes back many hundreds of years to when the leap year day had no recognition in English law so had no legal status. People assumed that tradition would also have no status on that day. It was also reasoned that the leap year was to fix a problem with the calendar so could be used to fix an old and unjust custom that only let men propose marriage.

In 1288 Scotland passed a law that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of the choice, the law also went on to state that if the man turned down the proposal he could be fined the range of fines are from a kiss to payment of a silk dress or a pair of gloves.

The legend spread around the world and soon there were many leap year balls and leap year dances. Women could ask the men to the dance and then ask him for his hand in marriage.

In today’s society the general rule is that it is the man who does the asking, but it is becoming more common for the women to ask the man; feminism at its most useful.

A postcard which ladies sent on leap year.

 

Stag night hangover cure

February 3rd, 2012 by cheryl

The medical term for a hangover is Veisalgia, from the Norwegian word for “uneasiness following debauchery” (kveis) and the Greek word for “pain” (algia). 

To avoid the dreaded hangover it is recommended to line the stomach with milk before you start drinking alcohol.

Some remedies for the hangover are:-

  • Stay in bed and sleep so the body can recover,
  • drink plenty of water or orange juice, avoid caffeine as this dehydrates the body so will have the opposite affect,
  • when you can face it eat a bacon sandwich,

  • If all else fails the the oldest remedy is the hair of the dog “what made you ill will make you better”.

Do you have a cure for a hangover? Let us know..

Something Old, Something New….

January 15th, 2012 by cheryl

Something Borrowed, Something Blue And A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

This is a traditional rhyme from Victorian times.

Something Old – a piece of old wedding dress or veil from family member which can be wrapped around the bouquet. This connects the bride with the past and her continued happiness.

Something New – this could be your new dress and shoes

Something Borrowed – this could be a handkerchief or an item of jewellery borrowed from a close friend or member of the family – to get good luck it must be returned.

Something Blue – this is traditionally a garter but you could follow what many wedding designers do and that is to sew a blue ribbon into  your dress..blue traditionally signifies fidelity.

And A Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe – traditionally a sixpence but these days some brides use a penny instead.  This is supposed to signify wealth so that the bride will be never be poor.

A bride is considered to have a long and happy marriage if she carries these four items with her when she gets married.

 

 

Buttonholes

December 15th, 2011 by cheryl

Bridegrooms traditionally wear a flower from their bride’s bouquet, this tradition stems from ancient times when Knights wore the colours of their Lady to show their love for her.

Wedding Colour Rhyme

November 15th, 2011 by cheryl

This is a traditional rhyme about the colour of a bride’s dress which stems from the time when brides wore their best clothes because white cloth was expensive and only rich people could afford it.

Married in White – You Have Chosen Right

Married in Blue – Your Love Will Always Be True

Married in Brown – You Will Live in Town

Married in Green – Ashamed To Be Seen

Married in Pearl – You Will Live In A Whirl

Married in Yellow – Ashamed of Your Fellow

Married in Pink – Your Spirit Will Sink

Married in Grey – You Will Go Far Away

Married in Black – You Will Wish Yourself Back

What does a white dress mean?

August 15th, 2011 by cheryl

we first seen white on a wedding dress was 1406 with Philippa of England where she wear as tunic and a clock with a white silk scarf  .

In 1559 Mary Queen of Scots wore a white wedding dress.

In 1840 Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in a white wedding dress and she set the trend to marry in white, before then women got married in their best dress and used a white scarf.

 The white gown is  symbolic of pure and innocents, a baby gets christened in a white gown, young girls get confirmed in white dresses, so a Bride gets married in white to show purity and innocents.

  Today’s  wedding dresses very in style and length, some show more flesh than other, but most are white.

What does a green dress mean?

June 15th, 2011 by cheryl

You may have wondered why brides tend not to wear green wedding dresses.  Green is traditionally a symbol of promiscuity and is said to represent the grass stains on your skirt after you have been rolling in the meadows.

Marry in Green – Ashamed to be Seen.