Rice throwing, a long-standing tradition

The last time you attended a wedding, did you toss rice at the newly married couple or did you celebrate their marriage with bubbles, real rose petals, sparklers, or even streamer sticks?  It was likely one of the other options, since rice throwing has become less popular over the years due to the thought that that uncooked rice might be harmful to birds and even some guests who could slip on the rice.

It turns out, though, that rice tossing has been around for a very long time and has history back to ancient times.  Why rice?  Well, this delicate little grain is considered a symbol of prosperity, good fortune, and fertility.  Consequently, showering the happy couple with it has been thought to be a perfect way to usher them into their new life together. During the Middle Ages, the act of throwing rice was even believed to help keep evil spirits away from the bride and groom!

Today, this tradition of throwing rice is not practiced by all couples, and at Brix and Columns Vineyards, we prefer guests send the newly married couple off with bubbles, sparklers, or real rose petals.  These options make for great photo opportunities and are much more environmentally friendly.


Brix and Columns Vineyards is an elegant all-season farm winery and premier wedding venue.  We are located in the heart of the Central Shenandoah Valley, surrounded by both the Blue Ridge and Massanutten mountains.  We offer southern charm, stunning views, and award-winning wines.

We are conveniently located near Harrisonburg and Charlottesville.  A two-hour drive from Richmond and Northern Virginia, Brix and Columns Vineyards is the perfect vineyard wedding venue location.


Photos courtesy of: Nvision Photography, J. Ellis Photography, and Berkley M. Todd Photography