How well do you know about weddings? Here are 10 interesting facts about weddings you probably weren’t aware of.
1. Garlic and rosemary were some of the herbs the early Roman brides carried under their veils. This, which symbolized fidelity and fertility and the warding off of evil, was a precursor to the modern-day bridal bouquet.
Whaat? Can you imagine carrying cloves of garlic as you walked down the aisle? Neither can we. We know one thing for sure though. If you tried this on your wedding day, your wedding will be a topic that will come up on dinner tables for many households for years to come! Way to make your wedding day memorable. 😉
2. Flower girls traditionally threw flower petals in the bride’s path to lead her to a sweet, plentiful future.
As if we didn’t already need another reason to love the angelic flower girl(s) during a wedding!
3. 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.
That was a lot information to take in about something we now consider as an optional fashion item in a bridal look… Given the fact that the notion of “purity” is a controversial topic in the 21st century, we don’t know how how this fact is going to be taken by a lot of brides. Well, at least this is something to ponder over and keep you from thinking about falling over as you walk down the aisle!
4. The number 1 wedding city in the U.S. (and number 2 in the world) is Las Vegas with an average of 114,000 weddings per year (the number 1 in the world is Istanbul, Turkey with 166,000).
To put things into perspective, that’s about 312 weddings every day in the city of Las Vegas. Or about 13 different weddings every hour, and that’s not even counting the fact that people don’t get married at 3am in the morning. Who are we kidding? It’s Vegas, baby!
5. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the “honey month” or what we know today as the honeymoon.
Bet a month-long free-flowing alcohol wasn’t the explanation you were looking for for the meaning of honeymoon!
6. In ancient times, wedding guests would tear off parts of the bridal gown as a good luck token, leading to the present-day tradition of the bride giving away her garter and bouquet.
Yikes. We can almost hear the shrill cries of future brides if, say, this tradition was to somehow make a comeback. It’s safe to say we’re glad to live in the newer traditions of throwing away garters and bouquets rather than a piece of the dress we did everything we could to obtain.
7. Before the 1500s, couples in Europe were free to marry themselves. It wasn’t until 1564 when the Council of Trent declared marriage was a sacrament that weddings became the province of priests and churches.
Present-day wedding practices were created on 1564.
8. June is the most popular month to hold weddings in the US. Next is August.
Most popular month = most expensive month for weddings. If you’re trying to stay within the wedding budget, having your wedding on an off-season will save you on the amount you spend on your wedding vendors.
9. In England, before literacy rates were high, invitations to weddings were shoutedout by “bidders,” who were old men hired to announced the details of the wedding.
This is one tradition we’re sure wedding couples would actually love trying out, especially considering how rustic weddings are all the rage now.
10. Wearing a yellow wedding dress for your wedding is seen, in many countries, as a sign of the bride’s jealousy or intention to commit infidelity.
Just a heads-up to brides looking for yellow bridal gowns!