Do you know the exact meaning behind the phrase 'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, (and a silver sixpence in her shoe)'? Each something represents a unique wish for the couple, including...
- Continuity (Old)
- Optimism for the future (New)
- Borrowed happiness (Borrowed)
- Fidelity (Blue)
- Wealth or luck (Silver sixpence)
Interesting isn't it? You learn something new every day! But there's plenty more where that came from! I'll bet you didn't know that you can...
Thank King Maximilian for your engagement ring: If it wasn't for Germany's King Maximilian I popping the question with diamonds to Mary of Burgundy back in 1477, diamond engagement rings might never have taken off.
And Pope Innocent III for your wedding band & cushy planning period: In the late 1100s, Pope Innocent III decided that in order to get hitched, couples would have to wait. The imposed waiting period between betrothal and I Do's led to a separate engagement and wedding ring. Thank you, Popey!
Chim Chimney Kissies: Back in the day, brides in Great Britain were encouraged to lock lips with a chimney sweep on their wedding day. Why? Because when he cleaned the chimney, he also would sweep evil spirits away (or so the story goes). Pucker up!
Royals love wedding cake: Since wedding cakes, historically, symbolized good luck and fertility, it's no wonder that larger than life cakes have always been a staple at royal weddings. Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed a whopping 300 pounds and was three yards wide, and Queen Elizabeth II had 12 wedding cakes. The one cake Queen Elizabeth II actually cut at her wedding—500 pounds, nine feet tall!
How veils came to be: While the bridal veil historically represented youth and virginity, it also helped the bride ward off the Evil Eye and jealous spirits. It wasn't until the Victorian era that white veils became the norm (with red, blue and yellow bridal veils common before this time).
From herbs beneath the veil to a bouquet in the hand: Early Roman brides sported herbs like garlic and rosemary underneath the bridal veil. The herbs symbolized fidelity & fertility, and fending off evil spirits, and served as a precursor to the modern bridal bouquet.
Why flower girls throw petals: To lead the bride to a sweet, plentiful future. Definitely gives me a new appreciation for this tradition!
Tying the Knot, literally: The phrase 'Tying the knot' dates back to ancient Babylon, long before engagement rings and wedding bands came about. Threads from the clothes of both the bride and groom were tied in a knot, symbolizing the couple's new union.
Hellbound if you die a single man: In places like Fiji and Siberia, it's a damning sin NOT to get hitched. Fijian's believe that bachelors who die before getting married are turned to ash by the Fijian God (Nangganangga), who watches over married couples. And in Siberia, when a single man dies... his soul remains on earth to haunt the living. How's that for a compelling reason to get married?!
Shocked? Awed? Boggled in the mind? Which of the nine tidbits surprises you most?
* Facts via RandomHistory.com