Timeless Traditions II

Traditional values are at the heart of what we do, shaped by our pasts they guide us into the future.

Precious Moments Handed Down Over Generations

For most bride and grooms, the idea of inheriting traditions is something truly personal and individual. To then carry these forward from past generations into the future is really where the synergy between our 200 year old wedding barn and the first day of the rest of your life begins. With this in mind, this is the second part of our most favourited timeless traditions,  from Throwing Confetti to The First Dance.


Throwing Confetti

The custom of throwing confetti at a wedding symbolises good luck, fertility and happiness for the newly married couple. Traditionally rice or wheat was thrown but these days more sustainable biodegradable dried flower petals are thrown.

Here at Thetford Farm Barn, nature and sustainability are always part of our farming ethos. We are delighted to have Lynn South Farm (LSF) on our supplier directory for your barn wedding!

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Tossing the Bouquet

This particular tradition has a rather barbaric history dating back to 15th century Britain. At the end of the wedding day guests would try and tear off bits of the bride’s dress, flowers or even her hair! They believed that by grabbing a piece of the bride’s outfit, it would bring them good luck. The guests would soon become rowdy so this tradition quickly evolved whereby the bride would simply toss her flowers at the mob before running for her life!

Today, excited guests will gather together to catch the bouquet. The lucky person to do this will be next in line to walk down the aisle.

Better watch out for those butter fingers.

The Wedding Breakfast.

Ever wondered why the dinner at a wedding reception is called The Wedding Breakfast? This dates back to an old 19th Century tradition when couples would get married in the morning. This meant that nobody ate before hand, so a breakfast meal was held after the ceremony. Hence the name Wedding Breakfast has still remained today.

Here at Thetford Farm Barn we work in partnership with amazing local caterers who will provide the perfect Wedding Breakfast, what ever time of the day you decide to eat.

Where there is Food there is Love

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Anyone for Wedding Cake?

From decadent five-tiered creations to simple and sleek designs. Regal royal icing or a natural and naked design, the symbolism of your wedding cake may not be as arbitrary as you think.

The first wedding cakes originated in Ancient Rome and were created as a way to signify luck and fertility. Here are some of the popular cake ceremony rituals of today. 

Cutting the Cake. Along with the first dance, this tradition is one of those photo opportunities that grace every wedding album. The cake cutting represents the first activity done as a couple. Historically the bride did this act alone to symbolise the loss of her virginity.

Feeding Each Other Cake. The second act of the traditional cake cutting ceremony is when the bride and groom feed each other a small bite of cake. This symbolises the commitment to provide for one another and a show of love and affection.

Although this can sometimes be rather messy if the bride or groom is a little too enthusiastic.

Saving the Top Tier. Most couples cannot resist saving the top tier of their wedding cake to eat on their first anniversary or christening ceremony. In the past, christenings were often within a year of the wedding so this made perfect sense. Now, many couples have the top tier on their first anniversary as a reminder of their amazing day.

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The First Dance

The tradition of a first dance goes back to 17th Century Europe. Formal balls were popular during this time, and it was customary for a guest of honour (the bride & groom) to lead the first dance.

It is a much anticipated tradition at any wedding and symbolises the love and unity between the new couple and the start of the party.

Whether you choose to gently sway with your loved one or go all out with a show stopping routine. You can be the envy of every strictly professional at your Thetford Farm Barn wedding.

With a selection of fabulous DJs and amazing bands to choose from the only question is, what’s will your first dance song be??

Make your own Traditions

Your Wedding, Your Way!

At Thetford Farm Barn, traditional values are at the heart of our ethos. We are the ideal blank canvas on which to write your own unique customs so that you can continue to hand these down through the generations. Our barn venue is steeped in history and our team are modern and innovative in their approach.

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With restorations in full swing it would be advisable to contact the team on team@thetfordfarmbarn.co.uk  to arrange your viewing.

Better watch out for those Butter Fingers!