In honor of my upcoming nuptials I decided to do one of my famous lists. This lists contains some of the most interesting, random, and weird wedding facts found from all around the web. Enjoy!
1.) The Wedding Industry is a 50 billion dollar a year industry. Kind of funny when the divorce rate is at 50%. Does the Wedding Industry do a 90 day money back guarantee?
2. Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny — it’s the most popular day of the week to marry! Silly Americans.
3. Early Roman brides carried a bunch of herbs, such as garlic and rosemary, under their veils to symbolize fidelity and fertility and to ward off evil. These herbs served as a precursor to the modern bridal bouquet.
I’ll just stick with tulips. Garlic may ward off my future husband.
4. The bride’s veil traditionally symbolized her youth and virginity. Veils also hid the bride from jealous spirits or the Evil Eye. In the past, veils could be red, blue or yellow (the color of Hymen, the Greek god of marriage). The modern white veil became popular during the Victorian era as a symbol of purity and modesty. A white veil also connoted that a bride was wealthy enough to wear white.
A veil will definitely not be included in any part of my wedding.
5. A bride-to-be in Crete suffered a nervous breakdown on the night before her wedding after discovering the groom, wearing her wedding dress, locked in a passionate embrace with the best man, Not surprisingly, the wedding was cancelled. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened in Atlanta at least once a month.
6. Guests in ancient times would tear off part of the bride’s gown as tokens of good luck, leading to the tradition of the bride throwing both her garter and her bouquet.
7. The reason bridesmaids all dress the same is actually because, in ancient Rome, several of the 10 witnesses required to make a wedding legal would dress identically to the bride and groom to confuse any evil spirits that might crash the ceremony.
8. The term “best man” dates back to the times when Scotsmen kidnapped their future brides. The friend of the groom who had excelled at the abduction was acclaimed to be the best man. Remind me to stay away from all of Will’s friends on my wedding day.
9. Saudi Arabian women literally have grounds for divorce. They can obtain a separation if their husband doesn’t give them coffee. That sounds like legitimate grounds for divorce to me.
10. 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. Cool!