True Wedding Facts

  1. In Britain the veil only appeared in wedding ceremonies in the 19th century and has stayed popular ever since. It is a recognised symbol of the bride’s chastity and is thrown back after the ceremony, revealing her face.
  2. The wedding cake has its origins as a fertility symbol in Roman antiquity when a cake, rather than being eaten, was broken over the bride’s head.
  3. August is the most popular month for weddings; January is the least popular.
  4. The average cost of a wedding is now £19,500 (inc. Honeymoon)
  5. A bridal magazine survey found that the average bride spends eight hours per week on her wedding plans!
  6. Stella McCartney and Alasdhair Willis reportedly asked guests for trees as wedding gifts. They wanted to grow their own forest in the grounds of their £1.3 million Worcestershire country home.
  7. Attila the Hun bled to death from a nosebleed on his wedding night
  8. In 1848, US President Ulysses S. Grant was given a slave as a wedding present.
  9. In 2005, 635 couples chose to get married in Jersey, 199 of those where from outside the island.
  10. 43% of couples spend more on their wedding than they originally planned.
  11. In Victorian times it was thought unlucky for a woman to marry a man whose surname began with the same letter as hers
  12. Although most weddings now take place on a Saturday it was considered unlucky in the past
  13.  June was considered to be a lucky month to marry in because it is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of love and marriage.
  14. The custom of the bride wearing “something blue” originated in ancient Israel where the bride wore a blue ribbon in her hair to represent fidelity.
  15. In Britain early cakes were flat and round and contained fruit and nuts which symbolise fertility.
  16. Britain’s oldest recorded bride was just one day off her 100th birthday when marrying a man nearly 20 years younger.
  17. The longest marriage in Britain was 82 years, between James Burgess and his wife Sarah Ann.
  18. The highest bill for a reception came in at £22 million pounds. It was held in a purpose-built stadium in Dubai and lasted seven days. It was the wedding of a sheik’s son.
  19. A wedding dress created by French designer Helene Gainville is estimated to be worth a cool £3.5 million. The dress is embroidered with diamonds mounted on platinum.
  20.  The expression, “tying the knot” dates to Roman times, when the bride wore a girdle that was tied in knots – which the groom then had the fun of untying.
  21. In 2007, Andy Priaulx, the double World Touring Car Champion, was to be the Best Man at the wedding of Carlee & Andy Richmond, but he couldn’t attend as he was in Brazil for the first qualifying session of the season. So he had a life-size cardboard cut-out of himself created to stand in for him and his Best Man speech was delivered on a pre-recorded DVD.
  22. A Sudanese man was forced to tie the knot with a goat in February 2006 after he was caught having sex with the animal.
  23. In November 2007 an Indian man tied the knot with a dog in a traditional Hindu ceremony.
  24. In March 2005 an Indian bride was married off to a pot by her relatives after her groom failed to turn up for the ceremony.
  25. In August 2009 a 33-year-old church organist from Pennsylvania announced she was planning to marry a magic carpet fairground ride.
  26. Peter the Great had the head of his wife’s lover cut off and put into a jar of preserving alcohol, which he then ordered to be placed by her bed.
  27. Nov’2007 – Sporting icon Michael Jordan has set a record for the world’s most expensive celebrity split after agreeing an £80 million divorce settlement with his ex-wife Juanita.
  28. In 2007 almost two million couples in Britain contemplated splitting up with their partners at Christmas and New Year
  29. All of Henry VIII’s wives were related to each other.
  30. Prior to the 20th century, Egyptian men preferred not to deflower their brides personally. Instead thy hired a servant to undertake the chore.