As we roll into summer, we roll into peak wedding season. In the United States, June is the most popular month for weddings.
As people enter into marriage, we celebrate their love and compassion for one another and we wish them a long and happy life together. While it is the joining of two people who will go on to build a life and a family together, a marriage is also the joining of families.
Let’s take a look at some wedding history and facts.
There’s an endless amount of wedding traditions. Traditions can be religious, spiritually, and even heritage based or just trends that someone made up and became popular.
- Something old, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in your show. What does that mean? Where did this tradition come from?
- An Old item represents continuity.
- New is a sense of optimism.
- Borrowed brings happiness.
- Blue represents purity, love and fidelity.
- Queen Victoria was a symbol of wealth and elegance during her time. It was her inspiration for a white wedding dress. Before her wedding, women typically just wore her best dress. White dresses, as a symbol of purity, are now the most common wedding dress color.
- Wearing a veil goes way back to Rome. Fearing that evil spirits were jealous a bride’s happiness, the bride would wear a veil down the aisle to disguise herself from them and avoid any ill will they would bring upon her.
- Wedding Bells are traditionally chimed at Irish weddings to keep evil spirits away and to ensure a harmonious family life. Some Irish brides even carry small bells in their bouquets as a reminder of their sacred wedding vows, and they are a common gift for newlyweds.
- Wedding rings are often placed on the third finger of the left hand because ancient Egyptians believed the vein in that hand ran directly to the heart.
- Las Vegas is the top wedding destination with over 100,000 weddings a year.
- An average wedding in the United States has 175 guests.
- More than 40% of couples now plan their weddings together, and three out of four grooms help select items for their wedding gift registries.
- In America, T.V. soap opera weddings attract more viewers than a presidential address.
- At least 70% of brides will take the last name of their new spouse.
Favorite Wedding Songs
Songs have been played at weddings and receptions as part of the celebration festivities. Some songs are tradition and are pretty much a guarantee and some songs are newer or may hold special meaning for the bride and groom or their family.
- Marry Me – Train 2009
- Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle 1995
- From This Moment On – Shania Twain 1997
- The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra 1964
- Signed, Sealed Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder 1970
While traditions and trends are great, always remember to add your own personalized touch to your wedding. The wedding is a celebration of a person and their future spouse starting a life together and should be a happy time spent with the families as well. Your new spouse is also a new member of your family.
Are you getting married this summer? Do you have a child or family member getting married? What traditions are being followed? Maybe there’s something unique planned in place of normal traditions? Tell us about the wedding in the comments!