An ancient superstition held that evil spirits collected on the threshold of the new home waiting to invade the bride through the soles of her feet, a disaster that could be avoided if she entered in her husband's arms.
The bride's veil
The centuries-old practice of hiding the bride's face was intended to preserver her modesty. Romans covered the bride in yellow cloth.
These friends of the groom have been present at weddings since ancient times, when brides were often captured by force and the new husband needed allies to help him fend off her family.
The bridal train
The long trailing train on gowns dates back to the Middle Ages when the higher the bride's social standing, the longer the material she dragged down the aisle.
Grains were thought in ancient times to symbolize fertility, so scattering them over the bridal couple ensured they'd have many children.
The wedding ring
Its circular shape is believed to symbolize endless love, Ancient Egyptians began the tradition of placing it on the third finger of the left hand because they believed that the vein in that finger ran directly to the heart.
Tossing the bouquet
Centuries ago, wedding guests would tear at the bride's flowers and clothes to share her happiness, so the bride tossed her bouquet to ensure she got away in one piece.
Tossing the garter
The scramble for the bride's garter dates back to a medieval tradition in which wedding guests invaded the bridal chamber to steal the bride's stockings for good luck. To avoid this calamity, a groom tossed the garter to his friends.
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