So many of the wedding traditions of today are throwbacks from hundreds or thousands of years ago, including bachelor parties, bridal showers and more. Here are some of the most surprising reasons behind some of the most popular wedding traditions that are still in use today.

1. Saving The Top Layer Of The Wedding Cake For A Year

This tradition is thought to have come into being during the 1900’s, when the multi-tier wedding cake was just beginning to become a wedding staple. The cakes were expensive, so couples saved the top layer to serve at the christening of their first child, which was expected to follow within a year of the wedding.

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