1. Life in the 1500's: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and were still smelling pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
2. A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she'll never do without.
3. Finnish brides traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.
4. About 70% of all brides wear the traditional diamond on the fourth finger of their left hand.
5. A bride is lucky if she wears old shoes.
6. If a cat sneezes on the day before a wedding, the bride will be lucky in her marriage.
7. A young bride would wear her hair long and loose as a symbol of her youth and innocence.
8. It was OK for a woman to propose to a man during a leap year.
9. The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where revelers broke a loaf of bread over a bride's head for fertility's sake.
10. The custom of carrying the bride over the threshold stems from the same belief that aroused the idea of runway carpet and strewing the aisle with flowers and petals. It was an ancient belief that the newly married couple was very susceptible to evil spirits. By carrying the bride and supplying a protective layer between the floor and bride, she would be protected from the ground monster.
11. The "something blue" in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity, and love.
12. In Egypt, the bride's family traditionally does all the cooking for a week after the wedding, so the couple can relax.
13. An old wives' tale: If the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never landing a husband.
14. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.
15. Brides should tuck a sugar cube into their glove -- according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten their union.
16. The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day.
17. February 10th is World Marriage Day.
18. The wedding shower originated with a Dutch maiden who fell in love with an impoverished miller. Her friends "showered" her and her groom with many gifts so the couple could do without her dowry.
19. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the 4th finger of the left hand because it was thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart. The vein was called vena amori, or the vein of love, and early writings on matrimonial procedure suggested that it would be appropriate for one's wedding ring to be worn on that special finger.
20. Queen Victoria started the Western world's white wedding dress trend in 1840 - before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
21. In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds' home as a symbol of fertility and luck.
22. If you see a rainbow on your wedding day, it is a good sign.
23. If you see a black cat on your wedding day, it is a good sign.
24. In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits!
25. In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.
26. A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a tear.
27. The Catholic tradition of "posting the banns" to announce a marriage originated as a way to ensure the bride and groom were not related.
28. Aquamarine represents marital harmony and is said to ensure a long, happy marriage.
29. In Asia, wearing robes with embroidered cranes symbolizes fidelity for the length of a marriage.
30. Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.