Whether held at a groundbreaking, grand opening or other event, a ceremonial ribbon cutting is an important and effective symbol of a new beginning or an exciting new venture. But where did the tradition of ribbon cutting ceremonies originate? We wanted to know, so we dove deeper into the history of this longstanding custom.
Ribbon cutting ceremonies originated as part of traditional wedding celebrations in countries across Europe. In Italy, for example, the bride’s father (or the bride herself) often cut a ribbon that was placed over the door of the family home, symbolizing the leaving of her family unit and finding freedom in her new family. In France, brides cut ribbons while being escorted to the church by their grooms, as a symbol of their commitment to overcoming obstacles together.
The ceremonies began to morph into what we know today in the late 1800s. The first known ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the opening of a Louisiana railroad line, and they continued to grow in popularity and regularity over the next century, and beyond.
Stemming from their wedding roots, ribbon cutting ceremonies are a powerful symbol of a new beginning. New businesses often hold ribbon cuttings to show that they are embarking on a new venture or are open for business. It can be an exciting event that attracts politicians, celebrities and other notable figures in a community, and it’s a great photo opportunity for local media and the company archives.
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