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Wedding Trivia - Because you never know when you'll need it!

April 9, 2018

There are so many different ways to incorporate fun wedding trivia into your special day! Whether its just being a know it all on the history of weddings or making a fun game out the facts to play at your bridal party we have you covered - here are 50 of our favorite wedding facts!

 

Rings 

 

1. In all, about 70% of brides wear their rings on the fourth finger of their left hand; a tradition that comes from the Roman belief that the vena amoris, or vein of love, was located there.

 

2. White gold and platinum are the two most popular metals for wedding rings, with white gold being the most popular at 73% of rings.

 

3. According to tradition, the marriage is doomed if the groom drops the ring during the ceremony.

 

4. Many linguists believe that the name “diamond” comes from the Greek word adamant, which means untamable, or invincible. 

 

5. The most popular shape for a diamond is a round brilliant cut.

 

6. Every year, the U.S. sees seventeen tons of gold turned into wedding rings.

 

7. In ancient Rome, men often gave rings that were adorned with a small key, making the ring the symbolic key to his heart.

 

8. The groom’s name is the most commonly engraved phrase on a wedding ring.

 

9. Couples in England, France and the U.S. wear their wedding rings on their left hand, but couples in India, Germany and Russia prefer the right hand.

 

10. The tradition of both the bride and groom wearing wedding rings only began during WWII, when men began wearing rings to remember their wives back home.

 

 

 

Superstitions 

 

1. Fearing evil spirits were jealous of her happiness, the bride would wear a veil down the aisle to disguise herself from them and avoid any ill will they would bring upon her.

 

2. In some cultures, rain on your wedding day symbolizes fertility and cleansing. 

 

3. According to folklore, a knife signifies a broken relationship and is bad luck to give as a wedding present. 

 

4. To avoid bringing in any evil spirits, the groom carries the bride through the threshold into their new home. 

 

5. Finding an eight-legged creature on your gorgeous gown might seem like a big-day nightmare, but English lore claims that it's a good omen.

 

6. Some think it is tempting fate for the bride to write out her married name or monogram before she's actually married, and that the wedding will not take place if she does so.

 

7. According to Greek culture, placing a sugar cube on the bride will sweeten the marriage. 

 

8. A bride who sees a nun or a monk on the way to her wedding is said to be cursed with a barren life dependent on charity.

 

9. It is supposed to be good luck for the bride to cry on her wedding day because it symbolizes that she has shed all her tears and will not have any to shed during her marriage. 

 

10. Southern folklore says that to prevent rain on your big day, you should bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at the wedding site one month before and dig it up after the ceremony to enjoy.

 

 

 

Wedding Cakes 

 

1. Tiered cakes came from a game where the bride and groom tried to kiss over an even higher cake without knocking it over.

 

2. The bride's cake was originally a pie. And the grooms cake was a fruitcake, which symbolized fertility. 

 

3. A US tradition, single bridesmaids should take home a slice of cake and place it under their pillow. In doing so they will dream of their future husbands.

 

4. The tallest cake was 25.65 feet tall. The cake was made of sponge cake and glued together by caramel.

 

5. The most expensive wedding cake ever created cost $30 million dollars. This cake was created by Buddy Valastro of the Cake Boss. A NY Socialite had a wedding theme of diamonds and the cake was covered in millions of dollars worth of diamonds and jewels. 

 

6. Royal icing got it's name after Queen Victoria, who was the first to ever have a pure white icing on her wedding cake.

 

7. The brides cake is traditionally covered in white icing to symbolize purity.

 

8. One of the largest wedding cakes ever made in the US was built for a casino. It stood 17 feet tall and weighed 15,032 pounds.

 

9. The first wedding cakes were actually loaves of bread.

 

10. Cake toppers weren't popular until the 1950s.

 

 

 

Wedding Dress

 

1. Brides decide on their wedding dresses about 11 months prior to the wedding.

 

2. 59% of brides use Pinterest to find inspiration for their wedding dress. 

 

3. 18% of brides buy their dresses online.

 

4. The average price of a wedding dress is $1,355.

 

5. 1.85 miles: The length of the world's longest wedding gown train.

 

6. 14% of brides would wear a colored wedding dress.

 

7. 86% wear something old, new, borrowed, and blue.

 

8. Biggest splurges outside of the dress? 31% say shoes, 67% say hair and makeup, and 2% say they spend the most money on their wedding day clutch. 

 

9. 95% of brides would rather their bridesmaids not wear white.

 

10. 66% of of brides want their bridesmaids to wear matching dresses.

 

 

Traditions

 

1. in early Roman times, bridesmaids would line up to form somewhat of a protective shield while walking the bride to the groom's village.

 

2. It was common for grooms to take a bite of bread at the wedding, crumbling the rest over the bride's head for good luck. Guests would then scramble around her feet to pick up the crumbs, in order to absorb some of that good luck.

 

3.The “something old” was worn to connect the bride to her past and her family, with the “something new” signifying that she was about to start her own new family and journey now. 

 

4. Unlike the old, the “something borrowed” was supposed to be taken from a happily married couple so that couple's good fortune could be passed on to the bride.

 

5. The “something blue” was associated with faithfulness and loyalty in the relationship, akin to the phrase, “true blue.”

 

6. Many people liked people liked the tradition of not seeing each other, but when you look at the hours left in the day, you feel like you can't get it all in unless you shoot before the ceremony. So a lot of people have done away with that tradition, and they're seeing each other beforehand.

 

7. The specific origin of why men traditionally bend down on one knee to propose is unknown. However, it seems to come from in the Middle Ages when men would typically go down on one knee before the women they adored. Medieval knights would also kneel before their lords in the ultimate sign of loyalty and obedience. Likewise, this movement is significant in religious practice, as it represents respect and submission to a higher power.

 

8. The tradition of toasting originates in ancient times, when the Greeks and Romans would raise their cups in a homage to their Gods, as well as drinking to each other’s health.

 

9. Much of the traditional wedding ceremony is based on ancient Roman customs, when marriages were arranged. So this tradition symbolises the act of your father (quite literally) handing you over to a new owner. Usually, the bride was given away in exchange for a price or dowry.

 

10. In Britain, throwing grains of rice at newlyweds goes back to pagan weddings, when it was seen as a symbol of fertility.

 

 

 

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