In my family, silver dollars have long played a huge part in our wedding traditions. All of our most important wedding purchases are always made with silver dollars. This includes the veils, marriage licenses, paying the ministers, and even purchasing the wedding cake.
We’ve gotten some strange looks when lugging out the silver dollars, but we don’t mind one bit. Everyone in my family knows we’re honoring a longstanding tradition, so funny looks most definitely do not deter us.
Let me start off by giving a little background information about my family.
In my family, we don’t really share a lot of hand-me-downs for weddings. Of course, the bride has her “something borrowed,” but that’s about it. Besides that, everyone likes to keep all of their own wedding materials. We all do our own special weddings, and they are never really like anyone else’s. Everyone in my family likes to keep all of the special things from their wedding, and cherish them forever.
Buying the veil and other wedding supplies with silver dollars, though, is one thing that has stayed constant at my family’s weddings for well over a century.
It all started with my great-great grandparents. They were both incredibly poor immigrants to the United States. When they met each other, it was love at first sight. However, since they were both incredibly and didn’t know how they would ever be able to afford what they wanted for a wedding, they put off the wedding for quite some time.
Well, they saved, saved, and saved in order to have an extremely modest ceremony. They kept all of their wedding savings in the form of silver dollars. They actually kept all of their coins in a huge jug. Apparently, they didn’t trust banks.
Then, when my great-great grandmother went to purchase the material to buy her veil and wedding dress, she used the silver dollars.
She later used the rest of the silver dollars to pay for everything else.
So, ever since then, it has been a family tradition to buy all of our wedding necessities with silver dollars. Like I previously said– Sure, we’ve gotten our fair share of strange looks throughout the generations when bringing silver dollars to buy the dress, veil, marriage license, etc., but no one in our family has minded one bit.
It is a tradition, after all! And it is probably the one tradition in my family that will stand the test of time.