February might not be the biggest month for brides and grooms to walk down the aisle, but it IS the biggest month for brides and grooms to be planning their weddings! In honor of February being National Weddings Month, here are a few interesting tidbits you might never have known about The Big Day!
* Did you know…that even though there is no law that states a bride must take her groom’s last name when they marry, a whopping 70% of Americans believe that the name change is the proper thing to do? It’s true!
* Did you know…that Las Vegas is the #1 wedding destination? It must have something to do with all of the chapels presided over by Elvis impersonators or the drive-through chapels where you can tie the knot as quickly as you can order a Big Mac with fries! A staggering 100,000 weddings take place in Sin City every year! (Hawaii is the #2 most popular wedding destination, with 25,000 couples joining in wedded bliss on Hawaii’s pearly beaches!) It’s true!
* Did you know…that early Roman brides carried a bunch of herbs under their veils to symbolize fidelity and fertility and to ward off evil? Those early brides carried rosemary and even garlic in what were surely precursors to the modern-day bridal bouquet, but it’s highly doubtful a modern bride would carry garlic in her bouquet…unless her groom happens to be a vampire! It’s true!
* Did you know…that in ancient times, guests tore off little pieces of the bride’s gown as tokens of good luck? That was then; this is now. And if anyone tried to tear off a piece of any self-respecting modern-day Bridezilla’s gown, they’d get a swift kick where the sun don’t shine! It’s true!
* Did you know…that the tradition of wedding rings being slipped onto the third finger of the bride’s left hand dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who believed the vein in that finger ran directly to the bride’s heart? It’s true! And “heart” is what National Wedding Day is all about!