Why Do People Put Tin Cans On Wedding Cars And How Did The Ribbon Tradition Start?


MARRIAGE is an age-old tradition steeped in history dating back thousands of years.

All around world, different cultures celebrate their own customs and quirks when it comes to a wedding.

Getty – Contributor It is customary to decorate the wedding car

Why do people put tin cans on wedding cars?

Long gone are dowries and you hope the groom doesn’t have his stag do the night before the wedding.

But something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue is still going strong, as is tying tin cans to the back of a car.

You can tell when a couple has just tied the knot as it’s likely their car will say ‘just married’ and a string of noisy cans will be attached to the back.

When Prince William and Kate Middleton wed in 2011, the couple left Buckingham Palace in Prince Charles’ dark blue Aston Martin.

PA:Press Association Kate and William tied cans to the back of their car

Prince William drove his new bride down the Mall in the car, which had its license plate changed to read ‘JU5T WED’, with balloons and tin cans streaming from the back.

Fans will have to wait and find out if Prince Harry copies his brother in his upcoming wedding to Meghan Markle. 

The practice of tying on cans is thought to date back as far as Egyptian times.

Back then women were still the property of their fathers, and when a man and woman wed it was customary for the father to hand his new son-in-law a pair of his daughter’s sandals.

This symbolised she now belonged to him.

And the significance of shoes continued over the centuries, but people would throw shoes at the bride and groom, before evolving to shoes being tied to the back of the car.

It is thought this eventually changed to tin cans.

Getty – Contributor Ribbons are also tied on to the front of cars

How did the ribbon tradition start?

If a bride and groom are on their way to their wedding, it’s likely their car will be more quiet.

En route to the event it is customary to put ribbons on the bonnet, usually in white or a light colour.

The custom dates back to friends of the bride and groom decorating the wedding bed with flowers and ribbons.

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