The Ring Finger
The ring finger is one of the most easily identifiable aspects of someone that is married – but why do we wear the ring on our fourth finger on the left hand? Well it turns out that it was once believed that there was a vein in the finger that led directly to the heart! So you could always have something that is connected to the heart of your loved one!
The White Dress
Originally, when the bride was getting married, she would simply wear the best dress that she already owned. However, in 1840 this changed after Queen Victoria got married in her iconic white wedding dress.
Bridesmaid Matching Dresses
It is quite common for bridesmaids to wear the same dresses to the wedding, now we see most bridesmaids wear dresses which are different to the bride – but not too long ago they wore the same dress as the bride. The reason for this dates back to the Roman times, when people thought that evil spirits would attend the weddings to try and curse the bride and groom. To prevent this, bridesmaids would dress like the bride to confuse the spirits and bring luck to the marriage.
Why do you ‘tie the knot’?
The phrase tying the knot is not just a phrase used to describe an invisible attachment between the bride and groom. There are cultures around the world, such as Hindus and Egyptians where the hands of the bride and groom are latterly tied together as a way to signify their commitment to each other.
Ever wondered why the post wedding period is known as the honeymoon? Well they weren’t always beautiful trips away with your partner! Ancient bridal couples would go into hiding after their wedding for 30 days, and one family member would bring them a cup of honey wine every 30 days (every full moon). Which is where the honeymoon term originated from!