With the economy the way it now is (and gas prices steadily and quickly rising, yikes!) many weddings need to have mulit-taskers in them in order to cut down on costs, to remedy this, so what is a young couple in love to do? Sounds like weddings need to have things in them that can perform two functions, so that you spend for only one item. This can cut some of your costs in half.
Some couples are doing a neat thing at their weddings; they are using custom cowbells as a multi-task item. They are having these small custom cowbells to give to their guests as favors, these cowbells are then used in place of throwing birdseed, rice, etc. when the couple is pronounced Husband and Wife and sent along their way. This is a neat twist on the original tradition, you can save money and give your guests something nice to remember your big day with.
I was a little curious about the tradition of throwing rice and/or birdseed at a newlywed couple. So of course I did a little online research (via my good friend Google) and discovered that throwing things at the couple is an old tradition that was thought to give the couple good luck and/or promote fertility. Many countries have their own twist on this tradition as to what food is thrown, luckily, we do not live in some of the European countries where eggs are thrown at the newly wedded couple. Talk about a stinky mess. LOL.
I love the idea of the cowbells at a wedding, I feel that they add a nice touch while not being nearly as messy as rice, bubbles, birdseed, etc. And rice can actually be harmful to the environment (it is dangerous for birds which will eat it). Also I love the way the smaller cowbells sound, they have a little bit of a higher tone than your typical cowbell.
What ideas have you used in your wedding or seen in weddings that were neat twists on old traditions?