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As we know, weddings are full of traditions and superstitions some of which originated in Tudors times:

  • The tradition of tying old shoes to the back of the couple's car, for example, stems from Tudor times when guests would throw shoes at the bride & groom, with great luck being bestowed on them if they or their carriage were hit!
  • Flowers have always been a part of weddings. This stems from the medieval tradition of a Knight wearing his Lady's colours, as a declaration of his love. Each flower has its own meaning and can display a special message. Orange Blossom, for instance, signifies chastity, purity and loveliness.
  • The Wedding Cake was originally lots of little wheat cakes that were broken over the Bride's head to bestow good luck and fertility.
  • Interestingly until the 1900s, brides hardly ever bought a special wedding dress, opting for their best outfit instead. Green was always avoided, as it was though to be unlucky. To say a girl 'had a green gown' also implied that she was of loose morals, because her dress would be grass-stained due to rolling around in the fields! Hence 'Marry in Green, ashamed to be seen'. White Dresses were made popular by Queen Victoria, who broke the tradition of royals marrying in Silver.
  • One wedding superstition about the wedding veil is that it was once thought that brides were very vulnerable to evil spirits and many customs were originated to fight off these evil spirits for the bride. The bride’s veil was an attempt to disguise her face to fool the evil spirits. Another way to ward off evil spirits from the bride was to play pranks on the newlyweds. Friends of the couple would play a joke on the couple in hopes the evil spirits would see this and feel sorry for the couple and leave them alone. The tradition of the wedding party wearing the same thing is also an attempt to fool the evil spirits.
  • A mystical significance was also attached to precious stones, with which, in Tudor times and for many years after, it was customary to enrich the wedding-ring. The practice was really borrowed from the Church of Rome,which had ascribed to each gem a special meaning eg. ruby indicated its glory, emerald its tranquillity and happiness, crystal simplicity and purity, diamond invulnerable faith, sapphire hope, onyx sincerity, and amethyst humility.

Season 1

The King of Portugal (Manuel ?) & Princess Margaret Tudor
Fictional wedding between fictional characters
WEDDINGS of the Tudors - The Tudors Wiki WEDDINGS of the Tudors - The Tudors Wiki

Margaret Tudor's wedding dress

Season 2

King Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn
Secret wedding
Date : January 25th, 1533
some historians believe it to have been November 14th, 1532
Henry & Anne-Wedding WEDDINGS of the Tudors - The Tudors Wiki
WEDDINGS of the Tudors - The Tudors Wiki
Anne Boleyn - The Tudors Wiki
Anne Boleyn's wedding dress Anne Boleyn's wedding dress
George Boleyn & Jane Boleyn nee Parker
Date: c.1524/25
historically pre-dated the beginning of Henry & Anne Boleyn's relationship
George marries Jane Parker The Boleyns wedding

Jane Boleyn's wedding
Jane Boleyn's wedding dress

Season 3

King Henry VIII & Jane Seymour
Date : May 30th, 1536
H8's and JS' wedding WEDDINGS of the Tudors - The Tudors Wiki
Jane & Henry's wedding
Wedding dress
Jane & Henry wedding [Untitled]
King Henry VIII & Anne of Cleves
Date: January 6th, 1540
WEDDINGS of the Tudors - The Tudors Wiki WEDDINGS of the Tudors - The Tudors Wiki

WEDDINGS of the Tudors - The Tudors Wiki
Anne of Cleves wedding dress
Anne of Cleves wedding dress

Season 4

King Henry VIII & Katherine Howard
Date: July 28th, 1540

Henry & Katherine's Wedding Henry and Catherine
Henry & Katherine's Wedding
Henry & Katherine's Wedding

Katherine Howard's wedding dress
Katherine Howard
King Henry VIII & Catherine Parr
Date: July 12th, 1543

Wedding of Catherine Parr & Henry VIII
Wedding of Catherine Parr & Henry VIII
Catherine Parrs Costumes Catherine & Henry's wedding
Joely Richardson as Catherine ParrJoely Richardson as Catherine Parr

In History
Wedding woodcut

Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk
and Mary Tudor

Amalgamated fictional character
Princess Margaret Tudor in series

King Louis XII of France
and Mary Tudor

not King of Portugal as shown in the series

2nd Marriage - date: secretly February, 1515
Officially married May 13,1515
with King Henry VIII& Queen Katherine of Aragon
in attendance
Wedding portrait below

1st Marriage - date: August 13th, 1514
Illustration of wedding below

WEDDINGS of the Tudors - The Tudors Wiki
Princess Mary & King Louis XII wedding
King Henry VIII to Katherine of Aragon
June 11th, 1509 at Greenwich Church

Joint Coronation woodcut of Henry & Katherine
Prince Arthur Tudor to Katherine of Aragon
November 14th, 1501 at St. Paul's Cathedral
Flemish Tapestry of Arthur & Katherine's arrangement
Henry VIII & Katherine of Aragon Coronation
Athur Tudor & Katherine of Aragon Tapestry


  • David Cressy is considered an authority on Tudor and Stuart era social customs. See his book, "Birth, Marriage and Death: ritual, religion and the life-cycle in Tudor England".
  • Duffy: Voices of Morebath
  • Jones: Elizabethan Age
  • Orlin: Elizabethan Households
  • Pearson: Elizabethans at Home