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Wedding Trivia

According to Greek culture, the bride tucks a sugar cube into her glove to sweeten the union.

The groom carries the bride across the threshold to protect her from evil spirits prowling below.

Hindu tradition says rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck.

Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day to bring her good luck.

Middle Eastern brides protect themselves from the evil eye by painting henna on their hands and feet.

Swedish brides put a coin from each parent in each shoe to ensure she'll never do without.

Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony.

A pine tree is planted outside the newly-weds' home in Holland as a symbol of fertility and luck.

Rings are worn on the 4th finger of the left hand / it was thought a vein in that finger led to the heart.

Queen Victoria started the Western world's white wedding dress trend in 1840.

Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits.

Most expensive wedding ever was the marriage of a Sheik’s son in Dubai in May 1981 @ $44 million.

Brides carry or wear "something old" on their wedding day to symbolise continuity with the past.

In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits.

In Egypt, the bride's family does all the cooking for a week after the wedding, so the couple can…relax.

In South Africa, parents of the couple carry fire from their hearths to light a new fire in the newly-weds' hearth.

The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where a loaf of bread was broken over a bride's head for fertility.

The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.

An old wives' tale: If the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never marrying.

The bride stands to the groom's left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand (sword hand) free to fight off other suitors.

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 (giving us the popular phrase "tying the knot").