There may be lots of things you’ve learned throughout the process of planning your wedding; there are some fun and crazy things of which you may not be aware. Here are some curiously fun wedding facts to mull over while you’re making wedding plans.
1. Bridal Bouquet
The wedding bouquet wasn’t always a fresh, fragrant bunch of flowers. In ancient Greece and Rome, the bouquet was meant to ward off evil spirits with the inclusion of garlic, as well as provide the bride with the blessing of fertility by including grains and herbs. Another fun fact about bouquets comes from Poland, where it was popularly held that sprinkling the bouquet with sugar would sweeten the wedding day and the life of the couple thereafter.
2. Wedding Cake
There are lots of fun wedding facts, but some of the most interesting concern the wedding cake. While the cake has always been central to the wedding festivities, it wasn’t always the towering confection of today’s weddings. In ancient Rome, the cake was broken over the head of the bride, symbolizing both abundance and fertility. In other cultures, wheat and flour were placed on the bride’s head, while the cake itself was eaten. The British have traditionally given cookies to the wedding guests, and during the Middle Ages, each guest brought a small cake to the ceremony and placed them all on a separate table. After the ceremony, the bride and groom would stand on each side of the table and kiss. From this tradition, a young baker had the idea to combine all of the smaller cakes and gave birth to the earliest multi-layer wedding cake.
3. White Wedding Dresses
Another of the most interesting wedding facts involves the wedding dress. During the modern era, brides are traditionally dressed in white or ivory (or some variation thereof). During the 18th century, wedding dresses were simply the bride’s most beautiful dress, and red was the preferred color for wedding dresses in the Middle Ages, while other colors like blue and green indicated the bride’s constancy and youth, respectively. Over time, white came to represent the bride’s clarity and has morphed now to be worn by brides, even if they’re not marrying for the first time.
4. First Kiss After The Ceremony
Through the centuries, the first kiss has remained a constant in the wedding ceremony. In some cultures, it is believed that the bride and groom join their spirits through their first kiss.
5. Wearing The Wedding Ring
You may have wondered why it is that you wear your engagement and wedding rings on the third finger of your left hand. Some wedding facts are based on flawed beliefs, and this is one of them. The wedding rings were worn on the third finger stems from the erroneous belief that a vein runs directly from there to the heart; this custom has survived in cultures that speak English.