The Bizarre Truth Behind Wedding Traditions Will Shock You. #10 Is Too Weird.
by N/A, 9 years ago | 3 min read| 14408
Weddings can be a fun chance to celebrate with family and friends, but oftentimes for the bride, groom and bridal party, that just isn't the case. With so many potential mishaps and missed details, weddings can get hectic and stressful. Just imagine how stressful they would be if we still held onto these superstitions.
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1. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that veils would shield the bride from evil spirits.
2.Engagement rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought to lead directly to the heart. This is known as the "vena amoris" myth which is Latin for "vein of love."
3. The phrase "tying the knot" comes from traditional Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings. The bride and grooms hands are tied together as a symbol of their commitment to one another.
4. The saying "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" actually comes from an Old English rhyme.
Something old represents continuity, something new refers to optimism for the future, something borrowed represents borrowed happiness for the new couple and something blue is representative of purity, love and fidelity in the relationship.
5.Matching bridesmaids dresses were thought to bring good luck to marriages in Roman times. They were used to confuse and ward off evil spirits trying to curse the bride and groom.
6. The Roman Goddess Juno is to thank for the popularity of June weddings. She rules over marriage and childbirth.
7.Honeymoons weren't always romantic getaways.
The term honeymoon originated from a Nordic tradition. Couples would go into hiding after the wedding. They would be visited by a family member who would bring them a cup of honey wine for 30 days which is one full moon cycle.
8.Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom is believed to be the one who started the white wedding dress trend in the western world after her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburn and Gotha in 1840. Before this time brides just wore their best dress.
9.Wedding cake isn't just a delicious addition to the festivities. This tradition is derived from ancient Roman weddings. Guests would break a loaf of bread over the bride in order to bring her fertility.
10. Traditionally, grooms carried brides over the threshold to protect them from evil spirits lurking underfoot.
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