Weddings can have some unusual traditions and meanings!
1. For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day.
2. Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the evil eye.
3. Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony.
4. 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.
5. In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.
6. Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States.
7. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.
8. Most expensive wedding ever? The marriage of Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum's son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. The price tag? $44 million.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Queen Victoria's wedding cake weighed a whopping 300 pounds.
12. In many cultures around the world the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple's commitment
to each other and their new bond as a married couple (giving us the popular phrase "tying the knot").
13. Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve are the two busiest "marriage" days in Las Vegas, elopement central!
14. Men who kiss their wives in the morning are said to live five years longer than those who don’t.
15. Las Vegas is the top wedding destination with over 100,000 weddings a year, followed by Hawaii at 25,000 weddings a year.
16. In many cultures, the groom historically often kidnapped the bride, and the groom’s friends would help him, leading to the modern-day groomsmen. At the alter, the groom always stood on the bride’s right side so his right hand—or his sword hand—would be free to fight/defend a jealous rival.
17. 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.
18. Greek brides believed that tucking a lump of sugar into the wedding gown would bring sweetness throughout married life.
19. More than 40% of couples now plan their weddings together, and three out of four grooms help select items for their wedding gift registries.
20. Because eyebrows are considered intensely alluring in the Orient, historically the bride’s eyebrows were shaved entirely, rendering her powerless to attract a man.
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