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Bridal Fun Facts : Did You Know?

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An illustration from 1840 depicts the wedding of Britain’s Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in The Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London/ Associated Press / FILE
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An illustration from 1840 depicts the wedding of Britain's Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in The Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in London/ Associated Press / FILE

Did you know England’s Queen Victoria had a beautiful wedding cake that weighed 300 pounds? Or that giving of an engagement ring is a tradition that started in 1477, when Maximilian I gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring as a present to honor their engagement? Probably not, but that’s ok because we do and we’ll share all the fun facts with you! Lets get started….

1.The tradition of a veil started in Rome, although it has always been worn over the face it use to be yellow and was called a flammeum.

2.Elizabeth Taylor is famous for having been married 8 times.

3.In Egypt women pinch the bride on her wedding day for good luck.

4.In order to protect themselves from the evil eye, Hindu brides paint henna on their hands and feet.

5.Although brides hope for a sunny day, rain is actually considered good luck according to the Hindu tradition.

6.Cross-dressing is popular for bride and grooms in Denmark, it is a tradition done to confuse the evil spirits.

7.If you find a spider on your wedding dress it is good luck, according to the English!

8.If you are looking for something to be thrown at you after the ceremony and don’t want to do rice, you could always do what Czech newlyweds do and throw peas.

9.Today Saturday is the most popular day to be married, but according to English folklore it is the unluckiest day!

10.If you are determined to find a lucky date for the wedding, you could do what the Ancient Romans did and study pig entrails.

11.Priscilla Presley’s engagement ring was a whopping 3 1/2-carat rock surrounded by a detachable row of smaller diamonds.

12.The reason that the engagement ring and wedding band is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand is because the ancient Egyptians thought that the “vein of love’ ran from this finger directly to the heart.

13.Two out of five marry their first love.

14.“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” originated from the Victorian optimism for the future of the marriage.  An item borrowed from a happily married couple is hoped to contain good luck which will rub off. Something blue reflects tradition, as brides of long ago commonly wore blue dresses.

15.Flowers symbolize everlasting love and fertility.

16.Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed 300 pounds.

17.Both Madonna and actress Ashley Judd wed at Scotland’s Skibo Castle.

18.Liz Taylor married Larry Fortensky in 1991 at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, in Los Olivos, California.

19.Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston tied the knot in 2000 at the Malibu estate of TV producer Marcy Carsey.

20.Donald Trump and Melania Knauss held their 2005 wedding reception in the Versailles-inspired ballroom of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

21.Actress Christina Moore printed little-known facts about herself and her fiancé John Ducey on their cocktail napkins at their 2008 wedding in Los Angeles.

22.Couples have traveled from every state in America and from international locations such as Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands to get married at Walt Disney World Resort.

23.The first wedding at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion was televised live June 18, 1995, on Lifetime Television as part of its “Weddings of a Lifetime” series.

24.The groom’s Parents traditionally host the rehearsal dinner

25.One of the oldest wedding traditions, the custom of throwing rice, originated with the ancient Hindus and Chinese.

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