Interesting Facts and Trivia about Weddings in Different Countries around the World

Wedding Facts and Trivia

Have you ever wondered why wedding rings or bands are placed on the fourth finger of the left hand?  Do you know where wedding cakes originated?  Will you think of bridal showers differently if you learned that the father of the bride has something to do with it?  How long was the longest wedding gown?  Whose was the most expensive wedding ever?

In my search for the different wedding traditions around the world, I got across some notable wedding facts and trivia which I thought might be of interest to you. Facts and trivia are placed under the country from where they originated. Some trivia will provide explanation why we do some of the things we do today during wedding ceremonies.

Ancient Rome

The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where revelers broke a loaf of bread over the bride's head or throw pieces of it at her for fertility.  The guests would gather the crumbs for good luck.

Brides in ancient Rome carried bunches of herbs to symbolize fidelity and fertility and to scare off evil spirits.

Australia

The oldest bride, aged 102 years, Minnie Munro married Dudley Reid, 83 years old in Australia last May 31, 1991.

Czech Republic

Grains have long been considered as symbol of fertility and prosperity but instead of rice, peas are thrown to Czech newlyweds.  

China

The 25-year-old bride of Zhao Peng of Jilin, China gets to wear the longest wedding gown on August 6, 2009.  The gown measures 2,162 M long, hand made by the groom’s family.  More than 200 wedding guests took more than 3 hours to completely unroll the longest wedding dress and pin 9,999 red roses made of silk.

Chinese gave a wonderful explanation why you should put your wedding ring on your fourth finger as shown in the following video.  Try it yourself and be amazed.

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Egypt

Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day for good luck.

The reason why the wedding band is placed on the fourth finger of the left hand is because ancient Egyptians believed that the ‘love vein’ ran from this finger directly to the heart.

England

Wednesday is the best day to marry. Monday wedding is for wealth, while Tuesday is for health. Saturday is the unluckiest day to get married but is the most popular day! Most Catholic churches do not allow Sunday wedding.

Greece

Brides tuck a sugar cube into their gloves to sweeten the union.

Holland

The customary bridal shower we know today originated in Holland. If the father of a Dutch bride-to-be does not approve of her choice in husband, he would not offer a dowry.  Friends of the bride-to-be would then "shower" her with gifts so she could still be married to her groom even without her father’s help.  If families approve of the partnership, the bride-to-be would receive a trousseau (dowry) from her parents and a "chatelaine" from her future father-in-law.  Chatelaine consists of a chain or rope made of silver or leather that contained various items such as a pair of scissors, a pincushion, a needle case, a small knife, and a mirror.

Jerusalem

The largest wedding attendance was a Jewish wedding in Jerusalem in 1993 wherein 30,000 people attended.

In most weddings, brides stand on the left and groom on the right for the ancient cultural belief that the groom needs to hold his bride with his left hand and use his right (sword hand) to fight off other men desirous of his bride!

But in Jewish ceremonies, it is the other way around…bride on right and groom on left. This is based on an interpretation of a verse in Psalms (45:10) "The queen stands on your right hand in fine gold of Ophir." In Jewish tradition the bride is a queen, and the groom a king.

Paris

The most expensive wedding was thrown by Lakshmi Mittal, the British-Asian Steel Magnate, for his daughter Vanisha Mittal and her fiancée Amit Bhatia on June 22, 2004 over a 6-day celebration with estimated cost reported at $60M.

Philippines

It is believed that either the bride or the groom will take control of the relationship depending on whose foot made the first step out of the church when they exit.

The most popular month for weddings is December until early January and not June. Apparently, there are more December brides than June brides in the Philippines.

A Filipina bride is prohibited to wear/try on her wedding gown before the wedding day because it is believed to bring bad luck. Siblings are prohibited from getting married on the same calendar year for the same reason.

Sweden

A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother inside her shoes to make sure she’ll never go broke.

South Africa

To mark the start of the newlyweds’ life together, the bride’s and groom’s parents would carry a fire from their hearths to the homes of the new couple, where a new fire would be lit.

United States of America

In the United States, 17 tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year.

The most popular month to get married used to be June but since 2006, July is the leading month with more weddings celebrated.

In 2008, the average bride age was 26 and the average for the groom was 28 with an average engagement time of 17 months. In 1970, Americans have a younger marrying age of 21 for brides and 23 for grooms.

In 2009, more than 2.3 million couples got married and that meant a daily wedding average of more than 6,300. About 8% of these brides were second-time (or more) brides and 11% were second time (or more) grooms.

The oldest groom is Harry Stevens who was 103 years old when he married Thelma Lucas, 83. Their wedding happened in Wisconsin in December 3, 1984.

The world’s largest wedding cake is by Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, measuring 17-ft tall and weighing 15,032 pounds. It is a seven-tiered vanilla-flavored cake decorated with bows and hearts. Ingredients include 10,000 pounds of cake batter and 4,810 pounds of creamy vanilla-almond frosting. The weight of the cake was more than five Volkswagen Beetles when compared. This cake can feed up to 59,000 people.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Absolutely brilliant! - that YouTube video explaining why Chinese people say the ring goes on the 4th finger. I won't give it away so others will watch - and enjoy it.

The ancient people always had great reasons for doing great things - we can learn so much. Of all the explanations - this one is my favorite.

I'm so glad you included it and I will bookmark it and share it with everyone.

Thanks a million!


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Great Hub - I didn't know about the traditions of other countries now I know :)


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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

Yes that was really amazing! How the Chinese came up with that explanation was admirable. Many thanks BkC :)


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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

The different wedding traditions really fascinate me. Thanks for visiting Coolmom :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

wow..this is very interesting hub to know about the difference wedding culture around the world. I rate this hub!


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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks pras, I appreciate your visit and your comment :)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

wow, the oldest bride is 102 LOL, but that is amazing isn't it? true love, I had fun reading this one mama, Thanks, Maita


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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

Hi there Maita, yes the power of love...habang may buhay may pag-asa, habang tumitibok ang puso, pwede pa, Lol.


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Anita Revel 6 years ago from Margaret River

I'm sending this link to my clients - I'm a marriage celebrant so found this very interesting! Well done


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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

I definitely appreciate you linking this hub to your clients---many thanks Anita :)


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

Very interesing facts and good research-- fun to compare to one's own tradition and experience.

Voted up.


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Mama Sez 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Rochelle, I really had fun making this hub. By the way, my kids enjoyed the sprouting we did and the salad too. We used mungbean seeds. You reminded me to do it when I read your hub, thanks to you :)

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