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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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