The Weird Origins of Wedding Traditions

At most every wedding, the bride throws the bouquet, and hoards of female guests dive to catch it. These days, the idea behind the custom is that a woman who catches the bouquet will be the next to get married. But historians think the tradition evolved when brides got sick of guests clawing at their dresses. In Medieval times, snatching a shred of the bride's dress meant fertility and good luck, but brides threw their flowers to distract the approaching mob while they ran away.

21 Weird Wedding Traditions

In Ancient Egypt, people got married by simply moving in together.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. In Ancient Egypt, you were married simply by moving in together. 00:34

  2. Early bridesmaids were dressed exactly like the bride to confuse evil spirits. 01:31

  3. In French Polynesian weddings, the couple walks on a human carpet made up of the family of the bride. 05:58

Why Are Weddings So Expensive?

It starts with the dress (average cost: $1,300).

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Some vendors charge more for weddings than for other similar parties—it's called the "wedding markup." 00:24

  2. According to one study, the average cost of a wedding in 2014 is $31,000. 00:38

  3. One reason that wedding vendors are able to overcharge is the "once in a lifetime" mentality. 03:05

Written by Curiosity Staff June 16, 2015

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