Category Archives: Wedding Facts

Origins of Wedding

According to Wed, the Old English word for the wedding cereomony was bridelope, which literally met “bridal run.” The word “wed” derives from the Proto-IndoEuropean base wadh, meaning to pledge or redeem.1 1. Random Facts

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Eyebrows in the Orient

From Wedding Ceremonies: Ethnic Symbols, Costume, and Rituals: because eyebrows are considered intensely alluring in the Orient, historically the bride’s eyebrows were shaved entirely, rendering her powerless to attract a man.1 1. Random Facts

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Three Times a Bridesmaid…

Something Old, Something New: What You Didn’t Know about Wedding Ceremonies, Celebrations, and Customs informs us “Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride” dates to about the sixteenth century. It was believed that if young maiden who had been a bridesmaid three … Continue reading

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Wedding Bidders

According to Something Old, Something New: What You Didn’t Know about Wedding Ceremonies, Celebrations, and Customs, in England, before literacy rates were high, invitations to weddings were shouted out by “bidders,” who were old men hired to announced the details … Continue reading

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Wedding Sanctity

According to Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, before the church declared marriage a sacrament, couples often sought sacred places in nature to wed, such as a hilltop or cliff, where the earth supposedly meets heaven.

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Nearly $72 Billion Spent On Weddings

Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette tells us that nearly $72 billion is spent on weddings every year in the United States.1 1. Random Facts

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United States Most Popular Wedding Months

According toEmily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, in the United States, June is the most popular month for weddings, followed by August.1 1. Random Facts

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Diamonds

According to Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, over 74% of first-time brides receive a diamond engagement ring, with the diamond (first discovered in India over 2,000 years ago) symbolizing pure and eternal love. The Greeks thought diamonds (adamas) were tears of … Continue reading

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How Weddings Became The Province Of Priests & Churches

According to Something Old, Something New: What You Didn’t Know about Wedding Ceremonies, Celebrations, and Customs, before the 1500s, couples in Europe were free to marry themselves. It wasn’t until 1564 when the Council of Trent declared marriage was a sacrament … Continue reading

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Matrimony

According to Matrimony, an online etymological dictionary, the word “matrimony” is from the Latin matrimonium, from matrem (“mother”) + monium(“action, state, condition”).1 1. Random Facts

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