Take a break from your wedding planning to enjoy a few fun wedding facts to ponder as you plan your big day!
- 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.
- About 70% of all brides sport the traditional diamond on the fourth finger of their left hand.
- Diamonds set in gold or silver became popular as betrothal rings among wealthy Venetians toward the end of the fifteenth century.
- A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a tear.
- Brides carry or wear “something old” on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past.
- In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits!
- The “something blue” in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity, and love.
- The bride stands to the groom’s left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.
- Stag parties were first held by ancient Spartan soldiers, who kissed their bachelor days goodbye with a raucous party.
- In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds’ home as a symbol of fertility and luck.
- Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.
- The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck.
- In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the “best day” to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.
- For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day.
- Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she’ll never do without.
- Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.
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