1. The term “best man” dates back to the times when Scotsmen kidnapped their future brides. The friend of the groom who had excelled at the abduction was acclaimed to be the best man.
2. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know today as the honeymoon."
3. If the groom drops the ring during the ceremony, the marriage is doomed.
4. In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits!
5. In Egypt, the bride's family traditionally does all the cooking for a week after the wedding, so the couple can relax.
6. In South Africa, the parents of both bride and groom traditionally carried fire from their hearths to light a new fire in the newlyweds' hearth.
7. The bride stands to the groom's left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.
8. The Catholic tradition of "posting the banns" to announce a marriage originated as a way to ensure the bride and groom were not related.
9. Egyptian men thought it distasteful to deflower their new brides and gave the chore to a hired servant.
10. Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny, it's the most popular day of the week to marry!
11. In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the "best day" to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.
12. In many cultures around the world the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple's commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple. This is origin of the phrase tying the knot").
13. The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth, and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.
14. Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition!