Why do people throw rice at weddings?

Most people of course don’t throw rice anymore, but only because some venues won’t allow it.

Rice throwing is an ancient tradition, now mostly because venues don’t allow it.  The rice is considered a “life giving” seed.  It is thought that by throwing it on the couple they will be bestowed with fertility and have many children.  Please note also that although it is said, rice is not harmful to birds! (Just had to note that!)

Those who want to retain the traditional symbolism of  throwing something over the couple as they leave the church, there are a  variety of options. Due to the urban legend (the bird issue) and that rice can get slippery, many couples have chosen other options like birdseed or sunflower seeds for their nuptials. This, too, is beautiful, but still a  little hard and slippery. A softer choice may be flower petals, lavender, or  fall leaves. A fragrant cascade of color can lead to some exquisite pictures  and will certainly not hurt, however, the petals should be fresh so they don’t  discolor before they are tossed. Then there is the bubbles – super slippery surface on any floor and sparklers and now lots of couples are doing ribbons – which are so cute!

How are you going to celebrate leaving your ceremony?


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