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A look at the rather interesting customs of marriage celebrations.
Common and Quirky Customs
Technically, today's gowns aren't white, but "Candlelight," "Warm Ivory," "Ecru," or "Frost." The average cost of a wedding dress is $1,121. Brides once wore layers of fur, silk and velvet to show they came from a wealthy family. You may not want to spend a king's ransom on your big day, however. We've got help for planning weddings on a budget.
The Bride's Bouquet
Sprinkling sugar on the bride's bouquet is supposed to calm her mood, but brides of yore sometimes carried herbs, garlic and dill to ward off evil spirits.
Good Luck Tokens
From the traditional English rhyme wishing the couple good fortune:
Something Old - The item is meant to tie the bride to her family and to her past.
Something New - A token representing being part of a new family.
Something Borrowed - This item usually comes from a happily married woman with the hopes the bride will enjoy the same success.
Something Blue - Faithfulness, loyalty and purity are represented by blue.
And a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe.
Once upon a time, the groom would take a bite of barley bread, then crumble the loaf over the bride's head. This symbolized his dominance over her. We'll take cake, and none of that symbolism, thank you! The average cost of a wedding cake is $535.
These days, after the ceremony, rose petals are sometimes tossed at the newlyweds, signifying love and good luck. Not so long ago, oats, dried corn, or even more recently, rice, were thrown for luck in prosperity, fertility and good fortune.
In Norse tradition, the bride and groom went into hiding for 30 days. A family member or friend brought them honey wine each day. Find some modern-day honeymoon destinations to get away with your sweetie.