The first recorded wedding in Bermuda was on November 26, 1609. Sir George Somers cook Thomas Powell was married to Elizabeth Persons.
The Horse and Carriage Bride is expected to wear white (this represents purity) Bride has a fruitcake-which represents fruitfulness. The cake is three tiered and covered in silver leaves. The groom had a pound cake which is one tier covered in gold leaves. The colour on the grooms cake is gold and sometimes white-this represents wealth and prosperity for him in marriage. Believe it or not!!!!
The Brides cake is silver or white- this represents innocence and purity. Both cakes have Cedar Saplings symbolizing strength in the marriage just like a cedar grows. Traditional weddings were held on a Thursday. Many people worked half a day on Thursdays. This gave them time to set up. Receptions were held at homes. Jumping over the broom symbolized marriage. This was taken from slave culture as slaves could not be married in churches.
Couples normally plant the cedar sapling which symbolizes that the marriage will be strong, beautiful and as fertile as a cedar tree. Couples also walked though the moon gate which they thought would bring good luck and longevity. The moon gate came from Japan and China They also threw birdseed and rice after couples as they left the church.
After the bride and groom are married, people throw either rice or blow bubbles at them. There is also a motorcade of cars which drive the married couple and bridal party around the island honking their horns, and to a special place to take pictures. At the reception the bride and groom have their first dance, they cut the wedding cake, and they throw a bouquet of flowers and the garter to the single people at the reception. They have honey moons, large bridal parties, a reception, and decorated cars- convertibles, limousines, and so on.