- Average Age
In 2000, the average age for a bride was 24 years and for the groom is was 28.
- Bridal Party
Most brides have four bridesmaids, including the maid of honor. Sixty-two percent have a flower girl and fifty-six percent have a ring bearer.
- Engagement Rings
Seventy-four of brides get a diamond engagement ring. Of those, 60% are included in the selection process, while three percent actually pick the ring
- Formal or Casual
Eighty percent of brides have a formal weddings.
- In Memoriam
Years ago, brides placed their bouquets at cemetery grave sites, in remembrance of family members who were no longer alive.
- Longest Wedding Dress Train
The longest train for a wedding dress was made in Germany and measured 515 feet.
- Longest Engagement
The longest engagement on record was between Octavio Guillen and Adriana Martinez. They were engaged for 67 years.
- Eat First
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.
- Many Weds
Glynn Scotty Wolfe, a former Baptist minister, has taken 28 brides and divorced 27 of them.
- Most Vows
Richard and Carole Roble, a pair of New Yorkers, have taken their vows 55 times, all in different locations and at least once in each of the fifty states.
- Number of U.S. Weddings
The number of marriages in the United States has averaged between 2.25 and 2.4 million every year for the past 20 years.
- Pearly Whites
An old German superstition suggested that pearls signified tears for the bride.
In Pennsylvania, ministers are forbidden by law from performing marriages if either the bride or groom is drunk.
- Largest Mass Wedding
In Seoul in 1992, 21,000 couples, followers of the Reverend Moon, got married on the same day. An additional nine thousand eight hundred other couples were married via satellite link-up.
- Tissue Paper
Originally, the tissue paper insert in an invitation envelope, was meant o blot the ink. Today, it's for looks only.
- Bad Luck
A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a teardrop.
- Ring A-Ling
About 70% of all brides wear the traditional diamond ring on the fourth finger of their left hand.
According to the Hindu tradition, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck.
- Pick the Date
Ancient Romans studied the inner organs of a pig to determine the best day to marry.
Aquamarine represents marital harmony and is said to ensure a long, happy marriage.
- Something Old
Brides wear "something old" on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past.
- Diamonds Win
Diamonds set in gold or silver became popular as betrothal rings among wealthy Venetians toward the end of the 15th century.
- Jewel of Happiness
In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in the wedding ring means marital happiness.
In Asia, wearing robes with embroidered cranes symbolizes fidelity for the length of the marriage.
- The Younger
Legend says that if the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never finding a husband.
- A Slice
Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of the groom's cake under their pillows.
Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect them from the evil eye.
- How Many?
On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the United States.
- Just Thinking!
One of history's earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two at the time.
- Here Comes the Bride
Princess Victoria established the tradition of playing Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" during her wedding processional in 1858.
- A Load of Gold
Seventeen tons of gold is made into wedding rings each year in the United States.
Snake rings with ruby eyes were popular wedding bands in Victorian England. The coils winding into a circle symbolized eternity.
- Let's Party
Stag parties were first held by ancient Spartan soldiers, who kissed their bachelor days goodbye with a raucous party.
- Post It
The Catholic tradition of "posting the banns" to announce a marriage originated as a way to ensure the bride and groom were not related.
- Upsy Daisy
The groom carries the bride across the threshold to protect her from evil spirits lurking in the doorway.
- So Sweet
The Greeks believe if a bride tucks a sugar cube into her glove, it will sweeten the marriage.
- Roll 'Em
Valentine's Day and New Year's Day are the two busiest wedding days in Las Vegas.