Historically, the knot as the symbol of a lasting unity dated back to the Legend of St. Katherine, circa 1225, where the Middle English word “enotte”, or ‘knot,’ was used to mean "the tie or bond of wedlock." From that point ‘To tie the knot’ as an expression came to mean getting married.
The costume of the bride is the pivotal image that sets the theme for the event itself. The design of the gowns and their "Stole Wrap" accessories, floral arrangements, and decorations symbolize the tying of the knot custom, representing the bonds of marriage.
Historically, the bride would arrive at the altar with an untied shoe, and the groom would tie the lace. Knots were tied in the bridal bouquet with a fabric or silken cord or within silk garments as part of the ceremony. In Italy, a knotted ribbon is tied over the entrance to the reception, within bouquets and Bridal Wraps, and in the frosted pastries tied in knots which are served to symbolize the Love Knot.
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