=If you think about it, there is no difference between going to the city hall to get married and having a big traditional wedding. The former gets the job done just fine for a little over a hundred dollars. Expensive as it may be, grand weddings are beautiful celebrations of love — precious moments shared with close kin and friends. They are once-in-a-lifetime occasions that wouldn’t be complete without a couple of little-understood traditions and superstitions. Here are a couple of fun facts about getting hitched:
1. Grooms-to-be diligently shop for the best-looking engagement rings in Salt Lake City, thanks to an ancient Egyptian tradition. AAA Jewelers shares that people used to believe that circles symbolized eternity. From braided leaves, the engagement ring became a lot pricier by the 2nd century B.C. in ancient Rome because it was a gift to the bride instead of betrothal money.
2. Giving pearls on engagements is bad luck because beautiful as they are, the shape of pearls resembles tears.
3. If you let another person try on your wedding ring, it’ll never happen because all the good luck and happiness will transfer to that person.
4. Aquamarine or blue is a symbol of purity and fidelity, which is the reason brides must wear or carry something blue on their wedding day.
5. Brides carried a bouquet of flowers not for beauty or romance, but to ward off evil spirits. The first bouquet comprises strong-smelling herbs such as garlic and dill. In the olden days when superstition was synonymous to hard facts, people took great lengths to protect the bride against lurking bad spirits. This included planting body doubles during the ceremony. Hence, the tradition of having bride’s maids was born.
6. The bride must borrow an item from a happily married woman in the hopes that the latter’s good luck would rub off.
7. In ancient Rome, loaves of bread were broken over the bride’s head to symbolize fertility. This began the modern day tradition of serving a big beautiful cake for all the guests to share.
Superstitions and traditions might be silly, but they reflect what people hope marriages should be: lucky, happy and lasting.