Did you know that brides and grooms once customarily cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits in Denmark?
Most Surprising Wedding Facts
1 The fourth finger of the left hand is referred to as the ‘ring finger’ because it was once believed to have a vein that extended straight to the heart.
2 The phrase ‘tying the knot’ comes from the Hindu and Egyptian cultures where the bride and groom are literally tied on their hands to symbolize oneness and commitment.
3 The English tradition believes that Wednesday is the best day for a wedding while Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day.
4 The custom of a bride wearing ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ actually has a meaning. Something old symbolizes continuity, something new symbolizes hopefulness for the future, something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, and something blue symbolizes love and purity.
5 It is believed that a pearl engagement ring attracts bad luck since its shape resonates with that of a tear.
6 Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that by wearing a veil, the bride was warding off evil spirits.
7 Women in Morocco bathe in milk to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony.
8 Queen Victoria started the tradition of wearing the white gown to weddings in 1840. Before then, brides wore their best dresses as gowns.
9 According to Greek culture, a bride slipping a sugar cube into her glove sweetens the union.
10 Brides, it’s believed that finding a spider on your wedding dress is a sign of good luck.
11 Food is an important component in a wedding. Some think that the tradition of wedding cakes derived from ancient Rome where bread was broken over a bride’s head for the sake of fertility. One legend has it that if a woman sleeps with a slice of a groom’s cake under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.
12 Another old wives’ tale maintains that an unmarried older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding of her younger sister or she risks never getting a husband. Yikes!
Video:10 Wedding Traditions From Other Countries
The world is full of different traditions and cultures, which what makes the world such an interesting place. But this notion couldn’t be more apparent until you take a look outside your normal wedding traditions and discover what the rest of the world is up to on their big days.
These are 10 wedding traditions from other countries. Like a tradition in Greece that takes the word “groomsmen” very literally. Or the practice in Scotland that may be fun for the wedding party, but ends up in a big mess for the bride and groom. In this video, we will explore some pretty bizarre traditions, like the one in French Polynesia that involves the bride and groom walking all over their most beloved relatives.
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