1. Wearing a white wedding dress became a tradition after Queen Victoria got married in white on February 10, 1940.
2. In Japan, while their brides traditionally always wore white, they would often change to a brightly colored dress, usually red, at some point during the celebration.
3. Bright colors are worn by brides in India for the wedding ceremony, and those gowns are often covered with intricate designs and details. Instead of a veil to cover their heads, Indian women wear saris.
4. The bridal veil originally was worn to disguise the bride from evil spirits that might be jealous of her happiness and try to ruin it.
5. Irish weddings use bells to keep the evil spirits away from the bride and groom. Some brides even carry small bells in their bouquet for added protection.
6. While diamonds are generally the jewel chosen for an engagement ring (because diamonds are forever), a sapphire in a wedding ring represents marital happiness.
7. Wedding rings go on the fourth finger of the left hand because the belief is that the vein in that finger leads directly to the heart.
8. Ever wonder why a bride is expected to have "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue?" Each of those things symbolizes:
- Old = the bride's past, her family, and tradition
- New = future happiness and good fortune
- Borrowed = This should come from a happily married person in the hopes that their good fortune will rub off on you.
- Blue = fidelity and love.
9. Don't jump with fright if you spot a spider on your wedding dress. Discovering one of those little guys on your bridal gown is supposed to bring good luck!
10. Another occurrence that might seem bad but is actually said to be lucky is rain on your wedding day. Hindus believe that the natural shower brings fertility and cleansing to the couple.
11. Do you want to sweeten your marriage? Then pick a wedding dress that you can wear gloves with and place a sugar cube inside one of those gloves.
12. The song that most people refer to as "Here Comes The Bride" is by Wagner and actually titled the "Bridal Chorus." It is from the 1850 opera "Lohengrin.
13. People often have Jordan Almonds as favors at a wedding. While this isn't a candy often eaten on a regular basis, it is significant for weddings because the almonds have a bittersweet taste, which represents life, and the sugar coating is added in the hopes that the marriage will have more sweet than bitter. When given in amounts of five, each almond represents a wish for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.
14. Be careful picking out your gift registry items. Apparently, receiving knives as a gift is a bad thing because people used to think that it symbolized a broken relationship. To ward off those bad vibes, it is suggested that you give the person gifting the knives a penny. That way, you're "buying" them instead of getting them as a present.
15. The word "honeymoon" originated from an ancient Norse tradition. Newly married couples used to go into hiding for 30 days (or one moon) after the wedding, and a family member would bring them a cup of honey wine each day.
Traditions and old tales and superstitions can sometimes spark an idea for something wonderful to add to your own wedding. There are lots of different chances during both the ceremony and reception at your rustic wedding near Knoxville where you can put in all sorts of personal touches. The history behind Country Jewell itself only adds to the beautiful story being created on your wedding day.
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