It is still considered to be be very good lick for a bride to meet a chimney sweep on her wedding day.
Before brides carried a bouquet of flowers, it was traditional to carry bunches of aromatic herbs, garlic and grains, which drove away evil spirits and protected the union. Gradually these were replaced with flowers as a symbol of ever lasting love and fertility. Traditionally,each type of flower represents different emotions.
The idea of the bride walking down the isle originates from times when the bride would walk from her home to the wedding. During the walk she would have her father and bridesmaids around her, which formed the wedding procession.
The tradition of the garter was important in medieval times. A rowdy party of wedding guests would follow the bride and groom when they retired to their bedroom, to 'put the bride and groom to bed'. Guests would try to take pieces of the brides gown, ribbons and material, as tokens of good fortune... the garter became the most sought after item and people would try to get that piece especially.
There are many different symbolic actions which represent the joining of two people in marriage, which were traditionally used before christian ceremonies took over. Hand Fasting is still used today and involves wrapping of the couples hands together with a ribbon, as they 'tie the knot'. Jumping the broom is done by the couple after they have been joined in marriage; symbolic of their first steps taken together, in love and trust.
We see white as a symbol of purity , but the white wedding dress was only popularised with Queen Victoria. In the middle ages blue was seen as a symbol of purity. If the bride couldn't have a blue dress she would wear 'something bue'
The veil symbolised the brides innocence, purity/virginity and modesty.