1. Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition. So if it rains, pray it pours! One can never have too much luck.
2. Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet. This ornate art is believed to protect the bride from the evil.
3. In the US, most brides have four bridesmaids, including the maid of honor.
4. Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of the groom’s cake under their pillows. So single gals- ask for a slice to go!
5. Viva Las Vegas! If Elvis and neon lights are the keys to your dream wedding, don’t plan your Vegas “I Do’s” on Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Day. These two holidays are the two busiest days for weddings in Las Vegas.
6. A traditional Jewish wedding ceremony takes place under a chupah, which symbolizes that the bride and groom are creating a home together. This tradition stems from the Biblical wedding of Abraham and Sarah.
7. Hello sunshine! In Ireland, a sunny wedding day means good luck for the couple.
8. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart. Awww!
9. Why something old, something new, something barrowed, something blue? Something old is meant to represent and link the bride with her family and their past. Something new is good luck and represents success and the bride’s hopes for a bright future in her new role as a wife. The wedding gown is often chosen as the “new”. Something borrowed represents to the bride that friends and family will be there for her not only on her special day, but also in the future when help is needed. Something blue refers back to ancient times. Blue was a symbol of faithfulness, purity and loyalty.
10. The term “best man” dates back to the times when Scotsmen kidnapped their brides to be. The friend of the groom who had excelled at the abduction was given the title “best man”.