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This Is The Odd, Sometimes Shocking History Behind Wedding And Engagement Traditions

From proposing with a echo to exchanging vows in front of our loved ones, we follow a lot of traditions when it comes to getting married.

Practicing such rituals has become second nature to us in the modern age; in fact, we don’t genuinely should be considered how they came to exist in the first place. Patently, they aren’t anything new — most of them date back hundreds of years to very different times and cultures. And while they’re all sweet, cute, and fun now, the same can’t exactly be said for them back then.

You’ll probably view bridals a bit differently when you learn these 15 interesting, strange, and even barbaric descents of wedlock traditions.

1. In 1215, Pope Innocent III instituted a waiting times between a betrothal and the marriage ceremony, with rings epitomizing a couple’s commitment in the meantime. They likewise epitomized social status, so merely the elite could wear fancy, jeweled rings.

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2. Ancient Spartans are believed to have thrown the first bachelor parties, feasting and toasting to the groom’s last nighttime as a single man.

3. In 1840, Queen Victoria was wearing a white dress at her wedding to Prince Albert — a option held pretty unusual at the time. While she wasn’t the first royal to get married in white, she’s been credited for starting the white wedding dress tradition.

prevent incest in places where marrying relatives was unacceptable.
still happens in countries including Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Chechnya, Armenia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, and South Africa.
best man was choose based his fighting and kidnapping skills.
left side during the wedding ceremony because he used to need his right hand free to fight off other suitors.
transferring possession.
bridesmaids wore the same dresses to act as decoys for the bride, who also dressed the same. Happy events such as weddings were believed to attract evil spirits, so the relevant recommendations was to make it harder for them to be able to tell the women apart.
rip the clothes off the bride as a gesture of good luck. To save her dress from being destroyed, the bride would hurl her posy as a distraction.
herbs and spices, including garlic and rosemary, to ward off evil spirits.
Tiered wedding cakes came from the tradition of stacking buns in a pile in front of the newlyweds, who were then challenged to kiss one another over the tall stack.
13. Ancient Romans carried their brides over the threshold

charivari, in which bridegrooms basically apologized for stealing a girl from other suitors by hurling midnight parties.
ancient Norse newlyweds received a month’s merit of mead from their friends and family. Mead is made from honey and a month is one moon cycle. Pair them and you have the word, “honeymoon.”

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