It’s a question I get asked a lot. “Why do people have chimney sweeps at weddings?”, so here’s one possible answer, and my favourite.
The custom of having chimney sweeps attend weddings goes back a couple of hundred years to the reign of King George II.
Folklore tells us that whilst travelling in his carriage, King George II’s horses bolted. A chimney sweep came forward and took control of the situation and the King was saved from a very nasty accident. From that day forward the King decreed that all chimney sweeps were a sign of good luck and should be treated with respect. So much so, that on his daughter’s wedding day the King arranged for a chimney sweep to attend to ensure good luck and fortune in her marriage.
There are other legends associated with the lucky chimney sweep tradition, but this one is my favourite. Even the Queen and Prince Philip were greeted by a chimney sweep on their wedding day.
Today, chimney sweeps that attend weddings are usually kitted out in Victorian style with the obligatory dirty face to bring a little extra ambience to the celebrations.