There are so many different customs and traditions that are followed when it comes to weddings. Everyone has there own superstitions or blessings of luck upon the couple. Some historical facts about weddings can be just downright weird even! I have compiled a fun list of Wedding Facts for you to enjoy!
- Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
- For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. (Ouch! Hope there’s cover up in that Emergency kit for red marks and bruises!)
- In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.
- The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.
- It is Queen Victoria who we have to credit with starting the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840 — before then, brides simply wore their best dress for their wedding and most Eastern Countries don’t wear white wedding gowns (although this is changing with modern times)
- According to tradition, the groom carries the bride across the threshold to valiantly protect her from evil spirits lurking below.
- The tradition of a bride wearing “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” comes from an Old English rhyme. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.
- If your bridesmaids are less than thrilled about matching dresses, tell them they’re good luck! The tradition of matching maids dates back to Roman times, when people believed evil spirits would attend the wedding in attempt to curse the bride and groom (how rude, on her Wedding Day!). Bridesmaids at one point were required to dress exactly like the bride in order to confuse the spirits and bring luck to the marriage.
- The Bride traditionally wears a veil because ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the veil protected her from evil spirits. (There’s those damned evil spirits again)
- Flower girls traditionally threw flower petals in the bride’s path to lead her to a sweet, plentiful future with her new husband
- To ensure fertility for the couple, the Irish would take a hen that was about to lay an egg and tie it to the wedding bed.
- The average wedding has 175 guests and costs around $40,000.00 (yes, a wedding costs that much!)
- The superstition that the groom must not see his bride before the wedding comes from the days when marriages were arranged and the groom had never seen the bride leaving the chance that if he saw her, he might run. Others believe that to see the bride in her dress he is looking into the future, which could bring bad luck to the couple
- “Matrimony” is from the Latin word matrimonium, from matrem (“mother”) + monium(“action, state, condition”) in short you will care for your spouse like a mother would care for her child.
What are some fun wedding facts that you know of, or that your family follows? Post them in the comments section down below, I’d love to hear them!