Fun Wedding Facts!

Photography by Courtney Leach. Ring by Danielle Miller.
‘Tis the season for weddings! And the majority of us probably know someone who is busy making plans for an upcoming ceremony. From wearing something blue to why we get to enjoy wedding cake, keep reading for some fun and interesting wedding trivia!

  • Grooms carry their brides across the threshold to protect them from all the evil spirits lurking under the ground.

  • While the majority of people hope and pray it won’t rain on their wedding day, according to Hindu tradition, rain is a sign of good luck.

  • Lucky guests get to enjoy wedding cake because ancient Romans would break a loaf of bread over the bride’s head to ensure she would be fertile and bear many children.
  • “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” is taken from an Old English rhyme. Old represents continuity. New is optimism for the happy couple’s future together. Borrowed is for borrowed happiness and blue signifies purity, love and fidelity.
  • The tradition of wearing your wedding bands on your left finger comes from the days of Ancient Rome. The Romans believed that a vein ran directly from the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart.

  • Queen Victoria was the first to wear a special white wedding dress in 1840. Before that, brides-to-be simply dressed in their Sunday best.
  • Queen Victoria also didn’t skimp on her wedding cake; it weighed more than 300 pounds! Now that’s a lot of sugar and flour!

  • Las Vegas hosts more than 300 weddings a day. No word on how many of those couples are drunk and how many of the ceremonies are annulled shortly thereafter.

  • “Til death do us part.” The longest recorded marriage was Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher’s union. They were married for 86 years, 9 months and 16 days until Zelmyra sadly passed away in 2011.
  • It is estimated 17 tons of gold is made into wedding rings each year in the United States.

  • The practice of the bride standing on the left side of her groom at the alter has disturbing historical origins. It stems from a time when “marriage by capture” or “bride kidnapping” was common. The bride stood on the left side of the groom so his right hand (the sword hand) would be free to fight off her other suitors.

  • The tradition of keeping the bride and groom separate on the day of the wedding was so the groom wasn’t able to back out of the ceremony at the last minute. 

Crazy stuff, isn’t it? But you know what isn’t so crazy? The idea of having your ring custom made just for you --or-- making your wedding bands yourself with your own two hands! Check out our info about Custom Design or our Wedding Band Workshop overview. Either way it is a perfect way to share a romantic moment with the person you love and have agreed to spend the rest of your life with!