Wedding traditions have been around for many centuries and most remain intact to this day. Where did these traditions come from and what’s the meaning behind them? Well, most wedding traditions as we know them in modern time have evolved over the years but originate from legend, superstition, and beliefs. Enjoy these thought provoking and sometimes purely hilarious wedding facts. Who knows maybe you’ll be inspired to incorporate one into your big day!
The Chicago-founded department store Marshall Field’s was the first to have a bridal registry in 1924. In the UK bridal registries are more commonly known as Wedding Lists.
The famous “Here Comes the Bride” tune was originally from the opera Lohengrin, however in the opera, this song comes after the wedding has already taken place.
The English believe that finding a spider in your wedding dress is good luck.
The term “best man” comes from Germanic Goths and has evolved greatly over the years. Back in 200 AD the best man’s task was to guard the bride and groom from the bride’s family (who may have tried to obtain her return forcefully). The best man would be well armed and constantly alert during the ceremony and stand guard as a sentry outside of the newlywed’s home after the wedding.
Egyptian tradition allows for women to pinch the bride on the wedding day. This is said to bring about good luck.
We have ancient Romans to thank for rice tossing. Tossing rice symbolizes both fertility and prosperity, and tossing it at the newlyweds implies good luck and best wishes. The Czech’s will toss peas instead of rice.
The Western tradition of wearing a white wedding dress was begun by Queen Victoria in 1840.
What we now know to be the traditional wedding cake began in ancient Rome where guests would break a loaf of bread over the bride’s head for fertility.
Ancient Greek and Roman brides wore a veil to protect them against evil spirits.
An old English proverb states that getting married at the beginning of the week is luckiest and the days at the end of a week are the unluckiest. “Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday the best day of all, Thursday for losses, Friday for crosses, Saturday is no day at all."