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Monday, 3 June 2013

FACT: WTF! = Wedding Traditions and Facts!

Did you know that…



Apparently, during the 1400s and 1500s, people took their "annual bath" during May. So, "the over-all population was smelling relatively fresh in June, making it a good time to hold a special event like a wedding!" after that, it will take another year to take their annual bath.



Yeah right, I think I was so affected by this belief that is why I never dreamt becoming a June Bride (LMAO!) Today, I am going to share with you what I learned during our wedding preparation. Some of these will make you say “ahhh, okay…” and others “weh?! Di nga!? Talaga?!” I gather some facts and traditions, and origins online. so if you’re single, this one is really good for you, so that in the future, you will know things about the biggest about that will come your way in the future. And if you’re on the planning stage of getting married, take a break from stressful yet enjoyable wedding preparation with your fiancĂ©, sit tight and have a look at these listed facts and read together:

Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny -- it's the most popular day of the week to marry!



For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. Ouch!



Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the evil eye.



A Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.


A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a tear.


One of history's earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two years old at the time. (Nowadays, this is already corruption of minor? or pedophile, lol!)


Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.


Most expensive wedding ever? The marriage of Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum's son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. The price tag? $44 million.


Queen Victoria's wedding cake weighed a whopping 300 pounds.






The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth, and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.



The bride stands to the groom's left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.

175 guests are invited to an average wedding.

In US, The average household income of a newly married couple is $60,000/year.

More than 4.2 million unmarried couples live together.

67% of women continue to wear the same fragrance they wore on their wedding day. (yeah I do, been using Light blue for 11years, and will be using it for the next years to come...)



Before flowers, garlic, herbs and grains were carried to ward off evil spirits when the bride walked down the aisle. Thank goodness that wedding tradition was replaced with flowers to symbolize fertility and eternal love. Now the bride doesn't look like she's preparing a spaghetti dinner when she's walking down the aisle.







In Afghanistan, a man who wanted to marry a woman would cut off a lock of her hair or throw a sheet over her and proclaim her his bride



In present-day Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan, a girl who loses her virginity before marriage may be punished or murdered along with her lover by the males of her own family

  

In Ethiopia, women from certain tribes place plates in their lower lip in order to entice a rich groom. The larger the protruding lip, the more a groom will pay.

(So, how will be the "you may kiss the bride" thing then?)






Green is typically not worn at Scottish weddings because it is the color of fairies and an omen of revenge. It is considered unlucky to even eat green vegetables at a wedding.

(poor vegetarians, tubig lang ang allowed lol!)



Queen Elizabeth II had 12 wedding cakes. The one she cut at her wedding was nine feet tall and weighed 500 pounds.






In America, T.V. soap opera weddings attract more viewers than a presidential address.



The word “husband” is from the Old Norse husbondi or “master of the house” (literally, hus “house” + bondi “householder, dweller”)






Now, people mostly throw confetti over the bride and groom when they leave the church.  It used to be rice, but when it was found that the stomachs of birds would swell and burst if they eat rice, the switch was made to confetti.  Historically, the rice being thrown on the couple would ensure fertility.  In some cultures, such as the Jewish sector of Morocco, the guests would lob raw eggs onto the brides head to promote fertility.





During the wedding in Spain, the groom gives his bride 13 gold coins, to show his responsibility for her and his trust. The bride gives these coins back, to show her commitment and support to him. This is an ancient tradition, where the gold coins symbolize Jesus and 12 Apostles.


There you have it, another useful information for your upcoming wedding. +_+. There are so many traditions and facts that are not listed here, these are just few of them. you can check other websites such as :


Tomorrow, let's give ourselves some inspiration as we'll talk about -
Part 4: Reel and Real Weddings

If you miss the first part, please click PART 1: The Wedding Bells and the Wedding Bills
and for the second part, click : PART 2: Cool Color Combos