Weddings are steeped in tradition, but do you know where these traditions come from? Here is some fun wedding trivia that explains some of our most cherished wedding traditions:
- Stag parties were first held by ancient Spartan soldiers, who kissed their bachelor days goodbye with a raucous party.
- 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.
- One of history’s earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII when she was just two years old.
- Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States
- The word “wed” comes from the ancient Greek word for “pledge.”
- The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth, and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.
- Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve are the two busiest wedding days in Las Vegas.
- Queen Victoria started the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840. Before that, brides simply wore their best dress.
- The most expensive wedding ever was the marriage of Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. It cost a whopping $44 million.
- Ancient Greeks and Romans thought wearing a veil protected the bride from evil spirits.
- Brides carry or wear “something old” on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past.
- The “something blue” in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity, and love.
- The groom carries the bride across the threshold to protect her from evil spirits lurking below.
- Families sit on different sides of the aisle because in ancient times fathers would offer daughters as peace offerings to warring tribes who were extremely hostile to each other. To avoid the potential for a bloody battle, the families were placed on opposite sides of the church.
- The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where revelers broke a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility’s sake.
- Toasting comes from an ancient French custom of placing bread in the bottom of the glass. A good toaster drained the drink to get the “toast.” According to legend, when a bride and groom drink their wedding toast, whoever finishes first will rule the family.
- We toss the bridal bouquet because in England, it was believed the bride could pass along good fortune to others and spectators would try to tear away pieces of the bride’s clothing and flowers. In an attempt to get away, the bride would toss her bouquet into the crowd. Tradition says that the single woman who catches the bouquet is the one who will marry next.
We hope you enjoyed our wedding trivia. For all of your wedding needs contact the Toronto Wedding Chapel.