Let's face it, weddings do have their own rules and reality. Consequently, bides and everybody connected with it tend to lose their head sometimes... over things they'd never dare to believe under normal circumstances! Well, but it doesn't seem to be possibly discussed. Things are how they are. Let's just maybe focus on wedding traditions and beliefs that every bride will ecounter on her way to married life. Enjoy!
1. Hey, brides, tuck a sugar cube into your glove -- according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten your union.
2. The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. Yikes!
3. In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the "best day" to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.
4. The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.
5. Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny -- it's the most popular day of the week to marry!
6. Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.
7. Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition!
8. For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. Ouch!
9. Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the evil eye.
10. Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.
11. A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she'll never do without.
12. A Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.
13. Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony.
14. In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds' home as a symbol of fertility and luck.
15. 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.
16. Queen Victoria started the Western world's white wedding dress trend in 1840 -- before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
17. In Asia, wearing robes with embroidered cranes symbolizes fidelity for the length of a marriage.
18. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.
19. On her wedding day, Grace Kelly wore a dress with a bodice made from beautiful 125-year-old lace.
20. Of course, Jackie Kennedy's bridesmaids were far from frumpy. She chose pink silk faille and red satin gowns created by African-American designer Ann Lowe (also the creator of Jackie's dress).
21. In Japan, white was always the color of choice for bridal ensembles -- long before Queen Victoria popularized it in the Western world.