Why Do We Tie Old Shoes to a Wedding Car?

The custom of tying old shoes to a newly married couple’s car to announce their happy news goes far back in history to a time when cars were not yet invented and probably not even thought about.

During these early times, the bride’s father gave all her old shoes to her new husband. This was a symbol that the father was no longer responsible for her, and that now, the husband was.

Some early husbands are said to have hit their brides over the head with these shoes to make them understand who was now “boss.” Today’s husbands wouldn’t dare!

Honking the horn on wedding cars goes back to the custom of blowing horns and ringing bells at weddings to drive away evil spirits!