Here are some interesting facts about weddings! I especially love the ones about the queen’s wedding cakes!
- Queen Victoria is credited with starting the Western World’s white wedding dress trend in 1840 — before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
- The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where guests broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head for fertility’s sake.
- Queen Victoria’s wedding cake was three yards wide and weighed 300 pounds.
- Queen Elizabeth II had 12 wedding cakes. The one she cut at her wedding was nine feet tall and weighed 500 pounds.
- Ever wondered where the phrase “tying the knot” came from? In many cultures around the world — including Celtic, Hindu, and Egyptian weddings — the hands of the bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other and their new bond.
- The first recorded account of a diamond engagement ring was in 1477, when King Maximilian I of Germany proposed to Mary of Burgundy and offered her a diamond to seal his vow.
- An average wedding in the United States has 175 guests.
- Flower girls traditionally threw flower petals in the bride’s path to lead her to a sweet, plentiful future.
- “Matrimony” is from the Latin word- matrimonium, from matrem (“mother”) + monium (“action, state, condition”).
- The superstition that the groom must not see his bride before the wedding stems from the days when marriages were arranged and the groom might never have seen the bride. There was the chance that if he saw her, he might bolt.
Photo by: Brittany Pannebaker Photography
Quotes from: https://www.factretriever.com/wedding-facts & https://www.enzoani.com/en/insider/20-interesting-wedding-facts & https://www.brides.com/story/surprising-facts-wedding-traditions