Thoughts for the Month
This month, we have a collection of trivial ‘facts’ having to do with weddings—there is no guarantee that they are true!
♥ Priscilla Presley’s engagement ring was a whopping 3½-carat rock surrounded by a detachable row of smaller diamonds.
♥ Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States!
♥ Queen Victoria started the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840—before then, a bride simply wore her best dress.
♥ Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since
♥ Most expensive wedding ever? The marriage of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. The price tag? $44 million.
♥ The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.
♥ Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed a whopping 300 pounds.
♥ An old wives’ tale: If the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never landing a husband.
♥ In many cultures around the world—including Celtic, Hindu, and Egyptian—the hands of the bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple (giving us the popular phrase "tying the knot").
♥ Princess Victoria established the tradition of playing Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” during her wedding processional in 1858.
♥ The bride stands to the groom’s left during a Christian ceremony because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.
♥ On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the United States.
♥ Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve are the two busiest “marriage” days in Las Vegas—elopement central!