Ever wonder why we call getting married “tying the knot” or why a honeymoon is a known as a honeymoon? We scoured the internet for the answers to these questions and more. Below are a few of the fun “facts” we ran across in our search:

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“Tying the knot” comes from a number of different cultures including Celtic, Hindu, and Egyptian, and refers to the practice of the bride’s and groom’s hands literally being tied together during the ceremony to signify the couple’s undying commitment to one another, that they are bound to each other for life.

HUGE numbers of wedding traditions stem from humanity’s fear of evil and devilish spirits. Traditions such as wearing a veil originate from this fear. In ancient Roman society, bride’s veils were even flame colored to most effectively scare off evil. Bridesmaids also used to dress exactly the same as the bride! The thought behind this tradition being that if all of the bridal party looked the same, then the evil spirit wouldn’t be able to single out the bride. A Danish variation of this custom even finds the bride and groom crossdressing in order to fend off evil! And bouquets used to be made from herbs and spices rather than beautiful flowers to protect the bride from evil and sickness (a tradition that is actually becoming vogue once more).

The term “honeymoon” originates from the Norse custom of the bride and groom going into hiding for a month after their wedding, during which friends of the family would bring them a cup of honey wine every day.

Wedding cakes are also shrouded in tradition and lore. The custom of having a wedding cake supposedly originates from the Roman tradition of breaking a loaf of bread over the couple’s head to bless them with future prosperity and fertility. And the tradition of tiered wedding cakes comes from a game of the bride and groom trying to kiss over increasing tall  wedding cakes without knocking them over. Cake not only served as a site for couple’s to bond over but was also useful for all the single ladies in the crowd. Supposedly, if a single lady slept with crumbs from the wedding cake under her pillow, she would dream of her future husband.

Cake was not the only element of the wedding ceremony to suggest fertility. The tradition of the flower girl strewing flower petals in front of the bride’s procession also represents fertility, as does the Danish tradition of planting a pine tree outside of the newlywed’s first house.

These and more make up just some of the crazy and fun traditions that surround weddings. And while it may sometimes feel overwhelming to plan your big day, you can now find solace in the notion that absolutely no tradition is set in stone and new ones arise every day. So just have fun!

 

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