Weddings are such a fun and happy time, carrying with them old traditions and superstitions with them. Each culture around the world has its own wedding traditions and their roots. If we were to list them all, we would never be able to finish. Listed here are ten fun facts about weddings in the United States.
Everyone has heard the phrase "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.
In the United States, Las Vegas is the top wedding destination, with about 100,000 weddings a year (300 per day!). Hawaii comes in second at 25,000 weddings a year.
Traditionally brides began wearing veils, which could be yellow, blue, or red, to protect them from evil spirits. The modern white veil became popular during the Victorian era as a symbol of purity and modesty.
During Ancient Times guests would tear off part of the bride’s gown to take as tokens of good luck. This lead to the tradition of the bride throwing her garter and her bouquet.
An average of 175 guests attend a wedding in the United States.
The busiest wedding days in the United States, in order of popularity, are Saturday afternoon, Saturday morning, Friday evening, and Sunday afternoon.
The superstition that it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding stems from times of arranged marriages. If he had never seen the bride, there was a chance that if he saw her he might get cold feet.
In the US alone, seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year!
In a traditional Christian ceremony, the bride will stand to the left of the groom. This comes from days long ago where the groom would need a free right hand to fight off other suitors.
The longest-married couple on record is Herbert Fisher and Zelmyra Fisher. They were married for 86 years, 9 months, and 16 days, until the bride passed away in 2011. Their marriage advice? “Remember marriage is not a contest — never keep a score. God has put the two of you together on the same team to win.” (Source)