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Here's 12 fun wedding trivia facts you can share at parties (as either a wedding game or just looking like one smart cookie!)
1. Why is it called a Honeymoon?
Answer: The couple drank something called 'mead' (a fermented honey drink) the whole first month of their marriage (as an aphrodisiac). Whether or not it worked is hard to say, but its origins have created a mainstay in the wedding world.
2. Historically, groomsmen helped carry the bride to the wedding. What was their traditional name?
Answer: Bride's Knights (as a note, their role was usually to help protect her dowry and/or virginity-- and yes, sometimes just turned into a straight-up kidnapping. Yikes!)
3. According to the Knot, what % of brides still wear the traditional diamond in their wedding ring?
Answer: 70%, meaning diamonds remain the most popular rock for lovers. Want to know what comes in second for non-traditional couples? Sapphires.
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4. What is the largest wedding destination in the United States?
Answer: Las Vegas with over 114k weddings a year (Hawaii ranks second). Unsurprisingly, Nevada also holds the record for the highest divorces.
5. Which month is the least popular to get married in?
Answer: January (about 4.7% of weddings a year, June being the highest at over 10%).
6. Who started the white wedding dress trend in the Western world?
Answer: Queen Victoria (during her wedding in 1840 to Prince Albert).
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7. What culture began to exchanging of rings?
Answer: Egyptians as a sign of devotion.
8. In Jewelry, a sapphire ring means what?
9. It's believed the Greeks/Romans started the bride veil because...
Answer: it would shield the bride against evil spirits.
10. Women have worn wedding rings for thousands of years. When did men begin wearing them?
Answer: World War II-- It was a way men could remember their wives during the war.
11. "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" are traditional good luck items for the bride on her wedding day. Which was a bonus?
Answer: A sixpence in your shoe.
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12. According to brides.com, WHY is June such a popular month to get married?
Answer: the Goddess Juno rules marriage and childbirth... in reality, it's probably because the weather is infinitely better (and, of course, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and its catchy bridal song didn't hurt).