Following on from last week’s blog on wedding traditions and superstitions, here are some more interesting facts!
1. In many cultures around the world including Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings, the hands of a Bride and Groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple giving us the popular phrase “tying the knot”
2. The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth, and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.
3. Princess Victoria established the tradition of playing Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” during her wedding processional in 1858.
4. 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.
5. On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the United States.
6. Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve are the two busiest “marriage” days in Las Vegas.
7. The Catholic tradition of “posting the banns” to announce a marriage originated as a way to ensure the Bride and Groom were not related.
8. Stag parties were first held by ancient Spartan soldiers, who kissed their bachelor days goodbye with a raucous party.
Emma at Clearwell Castle