21 Crazy Facts about Weddings

Do you know why the bride traditionally stands on the groom's left? Or how the tradition of the bridal veil originated? How many people get married every year? You might be surprised to learn some of these crazy facts and statistics about weddings!



1.  Long ago, guests used to tear off pieces of the bride's dress to take home as tokens of good fortune. This led to the modern tradition of throwing the bride's bouquet and garter for guests to take home.

2.  The average number of guests at a wedding in the United States is 175.

3.  In the united states, almost 72 billion dollars are spent on weddings every year.

4.  In the sixteenth century, people believed that if a girl was a bridesmaid 3 times, she would never be a bride. If she was a bridesmaid 7 times, however, the curse was believed to be broken.

5.  In the Hindu tradition, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck.

6.  The bride's veil traditionally served a dual purpose. It was believed to protect her from evil spirits, and (in arranged marriages) it also prevented the groom from getting a good look at his bride until after the ceremony so he couldn't change his mind!

7.  Las Vegas is the most popular city in the United States (and the 2nd most popular city in the world) to get married.

8.  Queen Victoria's wedding cake weighed in at 300 pounds.

9.  People used to believe that there was a vein running from the fourth finger on the left hand straight to the heart, which is why engagement and wedding rings are worn on that finger.

10.  In the States, the average engagement lasts for 15 months.

11.  Traditionally, it was considered improper for a woman to propose to a man - except on leap year.

12.  In the United States, approximately 17 tons of gold are used to make wedding rings every year.

13.  On average, traditional American weddings cost a total of $22,000.

14.  The average amount couples spend on their honeymoons is $4,000.

15.  In England, finding a spider in the wedding dress is considered good luck.

16.  The bride traditionally stands on the groom's left. This tradition dates back to many years ago when the groom needed his right hand free to access his sword, in case he had to fend off competing suitors.

17.  In China, an estimated 26,000 couples are married every day.

18.  In the United States, approximately 7,000 couples are married every day.

19.  In Greek culture, brides sew a cube of sugar into the hem of their wedding dresse to symbolize a sweet marriage.

20.  The phrase "tie the knot" comes from a Danish tradition of tying two pieces of ribbon together during the ceremony, symbolizing the union of the bride and the groom.

21.  Traditionally, it was considered bad luck to get married on a Saturday. Today, almost 70% of weddings are held on Saturdays!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress - 6 Tips

Let's be honest...

Apart from their husbands-to-be, brides are more in love with their wedding dresses than anything else!


The wedding dress is the bride's opportunity to embrace her femininity, her personality, and her own unique style. Brides have different opinions on the process of choosing their wedding dresses. Most consider it one of the best parts of wedding planning, but some brides find it quite stressful. If you've been stressing out about finding your perfect dress (or if you're just looking for ways to make the process easier), then this blog post is for you!

Here are six tips to make finding your dream wedding dress stress-free.

Don't Judge A Dress By Its Hanger
Making decisions about a dress based on the way it looks while it's on the hanger is one of the biggest mistakes a bride can make. Nine times out of ten, a dress will look very different on a bride's body than it did on the hanger. Be sure to try on each dress before making any decisions. 

Choose Your Wedding Undergarments BEFORE Trying On Dresses
Every woman can attest to the fact that certain bras change their figures, so it should come as no surprise that the underwear and bra you wear underneath your wedding dress will impact the way the dress fits. Save yourself the hassle by wearing the same undergarments you want for your wedding to your dress fittings.

Do Your Homework
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Most dress fitting appointments last about an hour. This can be plenty of time, but only if you have done your homework beforehand. Don't go to your dress fitting appointment without a good idea of your favorite dress styles or designers. You don't have to have specific dresses in mind, but it's a good idea to bring photos of dress styles you like so you can show them to your attendant. This is guaranteed to make your dress fitting process much easier.

Give Yourself Plenty Of Time
Wedding planning experts will tell you to start shopping for your wedding dress at least 6-8 months prior to your wedding date. This allows for plenty of time to decide on your dress and to make all the necessary alterations. There will be plenty of last minute details to handle as your wedding date approaches - save yourself the extra headache by giving yourself plenty of time to finalize your wedding dress.

Know Your Budget
No one can force you to spend more on a dress than you want to. Decide on your price range before you begin shopping for dresses, and don't be afraid to stick to it. You may have to hunt for it, but brides can almost always find a dress they love in their initial price range (if they're willing to work for it).

Stay True To Yourself
Your wedding dress is a reflection of you. As you search for your perfect wedding gown, don't be afraid to look for a dress that closely matches the style of the dresses you already own. At the end of the day, your wedding gown should represent YOU. 

What other tips and tricks do you have for finding the perfect wedding dress?


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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7 Beauty Tips for the Big Day!

It's the day you've been dreaming about for years, the day that's going to be immortalized in photo albums for years to come. It's no secret that you're going to want to absolute best on your wedding day. If you're big day is coming up soon, the team at WhereBridesGo.com invites you to try these fabulous beauty preparation tips for the big day. You're going to love them!


1. Get Lots Of Sleep The Week Before The Wedding
This sounds cliche and obvious, but it's importance cannot be underestimated. Lack of sleep is the fastest route to dark circles underneath the eyes, and that certainly isn't something you want for your wedding day. The week before the wedding tends to be one of the busiest, though, so try to work ahead with your preparations as much as possible.

2. Drink Plenty of Water
Nature's biggest beauty secret is out! Study after study has shown that drinking plenty of water for an extended period of time leads to an unbelievable impact on skin, complexion, and even weight loss. When they say "plenty," though, they definitely mean it - women who received the best results drank the standard 8 eight-ounce glasses every day, and then some. One woman even drank an entire gallon of water every day! 

3. Don't Wash Your Hair
This may seem counter-intuitive, but you'll be much better off if you don't wash your hair on your big day. Hair is more stubborn and will fight against hairspray much more stubbornly when it has been washed recently. By not washing your hair on your actual wedding day, your hair's natural oils will help it cooperate (and give it a natural, healthy shine).

4. Use Waterproof Mascara
Do it. Don't talk yourself out of it. Yes, it might be a little bit harder to remove, and no, you might not actually cry... but you might. And that 'might' is enough reason to use the waterproof mascara. There's nothing worse than spotting dark black streaks down your face in your wedding photos!

5. Set Your Makeup
Between kissing, crying, and getting cake shoved in your face, your makeup will be put to the ultimate test on your wedding day. There is no fool-proof method that will keep your makeup from smudging in all conditions, but there are things you can do to set your makeup that will make it last longer. This may sound odd, but hairspray actually works surprisingly well. Once your makeup is perfect, hold your breath and close your eyes while someone sprays hairspray all across your face. Your makeup won't be going anywhere!

6. Keep Your Nails Neutral
If there's ever a day when a woman's hands are a main focal point, it's her wedding day. From signing marriage contracts to showing off wedding rings, your hands will be a prominent focus of your wedding day. You'll want your nails to look great. We encourage you go to for a French manicure or a pale, neutral color to show off your hands. Bright colors come and go with unpredictable trends, but neutral colors will remain timeless.

7. Stay True To Yourself
It's not uncommon for women to want to go all out with their beauty preparation for big events - and weddings are certainly a prime opportunity! As the bride, though, we encourage you to keep your glamour look in line with your normal appearance. Beware of elaborate cat-eye makeup or crazy updos (unless these are standard looks for you). You want to have fun with your wedding look, but you also want to be able to recognize yourself when you look back on your wedding photos.

Above all, don't forget to relax and take deep breaths! Stress can be incredibly harsh on your body, so keeping your body loose is one of the best tips for maintaining a natural, healthy glow. 

What other beauty tips do you have for the big day? We'd love to hear your secrets!



~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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