A spider in your wedding dress is good luck!
Marry on a Wednesday as it’s considered the best day. Monday marriages are for wealth and Tuesday for health.
Determining the best day to marry, meant studying pig entrails for the Romans.
Hindu tradition states it is good luck for it to rain on your wedding day.
Making a milk bath and soaking in it before the wedding ceremony is purifying according to Moroccan tradition.
To protect themselves from the evil eye, Middle Eastern brides paint their hands and feet with henna.
Instead of rice, Czechs throw peas at the newlyweds.
Carrying the bride across the threshold means no evil spirits lurking under it can harm the bride.
Egyptian women pinch the bride for good luck on her wedding day.
According to Greek tradition, tucking a sugar cube into your glove can sweeten the union.
In the Netherlands, a pine tree is planted for the newlyweds to symbolise fertility and good luck.
Before Queen Victoria wore a white wedding dress in 1840, brides wore their best dress.
The veil is to protect the bride from evil spirits according to the Greeks and Romans.
Aquamarine gems in an engagement or wedding ring is said to ensure a happy long life and marital harmony.
The wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand as people thought the vein in that finger lead directly to the heart.
Never have a pearl engagement ring. It’s considered bad luck because most are teardrop shaped.
White was always the colour of choice for Japanese wedding gowns, well before Queen Victoria wore hers.
Sleeping with a piece of wedding cake under your pillow means that you will dream of your future husband.
If the younger sister marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or she will never get a husband.
Egyptian traditions mean the family does all the cooking for a week for the newly-weds so they can relax.
Queen Victoria is also responsible for the tradition of playing Wagner’s ‘Bridal Chorus” at weddings.
Brides carrying something old symbolises continuity with the past.
Brides and Grooms often cross dressed in Denmark, to confuse the evil spirits.
In bygone days, the groom needed his right hand to fight off suitors, hence the tradition of the bride standing to his left.
The busiest days to get married are New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s day.
“Posting the banns” to announce marriage originated to ensure the groom and his bride weren’t related in any way.