Love is in the air at WH Candy as many happy couples choose to tie the knot. Even though June is the most popular month to get married, we stay busy creating personalized wedding favors all year long. Not only should you check out our newest wedding designs to get ready for the big day, you should learn about the following interesting facts behind your wedding traditions:
1. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
2. One of history’s earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VII. She was two years old at the time.
3. Queen Victoria started the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840—before brides simply wore their best dress.
4. The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth, and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.
5. The phrase “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” symbolizes continuity, optimism for the future, borrowed happiness, and fidelity.
6. Flower girls traditionally threw flower petals in the bride’s path to lead her to a sweet, plentiful future.
7. Ancient Greeks & Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits.
8. Many cultures believed that with their first kiss the bride and groom exchanged spirits and part of their souls.
9. Guests in ancient times would tear off part of the bride’s gown as tokens of good luck, leading to the tradition of throwing the garter and bouquet.
10. It is believed that the European aristocracy began the tradition of bestowing wedding favors upon all of their guests. They were called bonbonniere and consisted of small boxes of crystal or porcelain, which held delicate confections such as cubes of sugar, then considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and royalty.
11. The first weddings comprised of a groom taking his bride by capture so her relatives and villagers couldn’t find them. They hid for one moon phase, also known as the honeymoon, and drank mead to make them more amorous.
12. The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.
From saying “I Do” to wearing something blue, we wish all of the brides and grooms a wonderful wedding day!