--- WEDDING FUN STUFF - DID YOU KNOW? ---
- February 10th is World Marriage Day.
- A Malaysian man holds the record for being the best man at over 1000 weddings.
- Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States!
- 67% of women continue to wear the same fragrance they wore on their wedding day.
- Harry Bidwell of Brighton was 101 when he was divorced from his 65-year-old wife in 1980.
- When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
- Richard and Carol Roble are the most re-married couple. They wed each other 56 times, beginning in 1969.
- Movie star Joan Crawford would change over all the toilet seats in her house whenever she married a new husband.
- Stag parties were first held by ancient Spartan soldiers, who kissed their bachelor days goodbye with a raucous party.
- The longest ever engagement was between Mexican Octavio Guillen and Adriana Martinez who were engaged for 67 years.
- Queen Victoria started the Western world's white wedding dress trend in 1840. Before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
- 88% of brides will take their husband's surname once married. 3% will keep their own, while 7% of couples will combine their surnames.
- The oldest bride ever to get married was Minnie Munro from Australia who married at 102 years of age; she married a man of the age of 82 years.
- An old wives' tale: If the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never landing a husband.
- The bride stands to the groom's left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.
- In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have 'the rule of thumb'.
- The longest ever recorded marriage was that of Sir Temulji Nairman and his wife Lady Nariman, who were married at the age of five. The marriage lasted for 86 years.
- The practice of giving or exchanging engagement rings began in 1477 when Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, gave Mary of Burgandy a diamond ring as an engagement present.
- Pachelbel's "Canon In D" is by far the most requested piece of music for wedding ceremonies - being even more popular than the "Bridal March" and the "Wedding March".
- During the Roman Empire, couples were not considered to be legally married until they had shared a meal. It's possible that this custom lead to what today is the wedding reception.
- The most money spent for a wedding singer was the wedding of multimillionaire Peter Shalson and wife Pauline who paid £2 million pounds to get Elton John to sing a song at their wedding.
- The tradition of tying tin cans to the back of the newlywed's vehicle originated long ago when items which would produce noise were tied to the back of the couple's carriage to scare away evil spirits.
- In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase - 'goodnight, sleep tight.'
- In many cultures around the world the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple's commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple. Thus the origin of the phrase tying the knot".
- Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.
- One man notched up 104 bigamous marriages in 15 countries between 1949 and 1981. When he was brought to charge they were unsure which aliases he used as he had so many. In 1983 he was sentenced to 34 years in prison and died in 1991.
- While white has always been the colour of choice for wedding parties in Japan, in Europe and North America, the white wedding gown was first worn and popularized by Queen Victoria in 1840. Prior to that date, a bride simply wore her best fancy dress.
- It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that, for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know today as the honeymoon."
- Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the 4th finger of the left hand because it was thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart. The vein was called vena amori, or the vein of love, and early writings on matrimonial procedure suggested that it would be appropriate for one's wedding ring to be worn on that special finger.
- Ever wondered just what the letters RSVP actually mean?
The abbreviation RSVP actually stands for "répondez, s'il vous plaÎt", which is a French term meaning "please respond". So this means that the little notice "Please RSVP" that we always put in our invitations is actually saying the same thing twice."