As it’s the time of year when couples start to plan their wedding, here are 32 interesting facts, myths, superstitions and tips about weddings that you may not know!
Here’s one you have probably heard before… engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that the vein in that finger led directly to the heart. Unfortunately this one isn’t true, as there isn’t a vein in your hand that links directly to your heart.
The average engagement lasts 20 months.
To have a sapphire in your wedding ring means you’ll have marital happiness, according to the symbolic language of jewels!
Ever wondered what the most expensive wedding was? $44 million (just under £31 million).
It’s unlucky for a bride to come across a pig or funeral on her way to the wedding venue, but it’s lucky to come across a lamb, a dove, a spider, or a black cat or see a policeman, doctor or blind man. As for the groom, for good luck, he should give a coin to the first person he sees on his journey to the wedding venue.
The average number of guests at a wedding in 2017 was 79 day guests and 104 evening, rising from 75 and 101 in 2016.
Brides carry or wear “something old” on their wedding day to symbolise continuity with the past. The “something blue” in a bridal ensemble symbolises purity, fidelity, and love.
More than 40% of couples now plan their weddings together and three out of four grooms help select items for their wedding gift registries.
You may be slightly disheartened to learn the original meaning of the word bride was actually just ‘cook’.
The Guinness World Record for the largest wedding in a prison is currently held by Carandiru prison where 120 inmates married their fiancés in the year 2000.
For luck, Egyptian brides are pinched by female guests!
During the wedding ceremony, the couple should exchange vows when the clock’s minute hand is “ascending towards heaven” (i.e. upwards).
51% of brides plan to get veneers or have their teeth whitened for a dazzling smile on the day.
May is commonly thought to be the unluckiest month to marry in, according to folk law.
To some, pearls represent future tears and are a bad sign, although some believe by the bride wearing pearls, they take the place of her real tears, therefore meaning she’ll have a happy, tear-free married life.
supplefeet.com say having a heel of 2.5 inches is the optimum height for blister-free, happy feet, so you can dance all night!
You can actually change your passport to your new marital name before you officially get married (athough you legally change your surname when you sign the wedding documents at the ceremony), however it’s considered back luck for the bride to sign her married name before the wedding – as it tempts fate!
4 in 10 Brits would prefer to tie the knot abroad.
Dropping the wedding ring during the ceremony is supposed to be positive as it shakes out the evil spirits. The downside is that whoever drops the ring is said to be the first to die!
Until Queen Victoria started the White Wedding Dress trend in 1840, brides wore their finest gown to marry in!
14% of women buy a wedding dress that’s one or more sizes too small and then slim down (or have the dress adjusted if they can’t).
In English tradition, marrying on a Monday is for wealth, Tuesday for health with Wednesday apparently being the ‘best day’. You may find it funny to know that Saturday is the unluckiest day to get married, seeing as though it’s the most popular wedding day!
It’s supposed to be good luck for the groom not to see the dress before the wedding day and it will bring even more good fortune if he does not see at the dress as his bride walks down the aisle.
You can expect to try on around 4 wedding dresses before you find the one.
Apparently weddings are 18-36% more likely to end in divorce when they take place on days such as Valentine’s Day. Researchers have found that couples who get married on ordinary dates are more influenced by characteristics of their relationships and their compatibility, compared to couples who marry on special dates.
On average it takes 45 seconds for the bride to walk down the isle.
As ducks mate for life, a Korean groom will ask a happily married friend to make him two small wooden ducks for his new household.
If you’re getting married soon, keep in mind that we have a Wedding Dress Cleaning Service, taking the utmost care of your most treasured gown. You can even have it boxed, so it remains in perfect condition for you to cherish.
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