So here goes, 20 wedding facts I bet you didn't know:
- The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck.
- In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the "best day" to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.
- Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny -- it's the most popular day of the week to marry!
- 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.
- Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.
- Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony.
- Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
- In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.
- A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a tear.
- One of history's earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two years old at the time.
- Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States!
- Snake rings dotted with ruby eyes were popular wedding bands in Victorian England -- the coils winding into a circle symbolized eternity.
- Most expensive wedding ever? The marriage of Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum's son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. The price tag? $44 million
- In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits!
- Queen Victoria's wedding cake weighed a whopping 300 pounds.
- Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of groom's cake under their pillows.
- 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.
- On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the United States.
- The Catholic tradition of "posting the banns" to announce a marriage originated as a way to ensure the bride and groom were not related.
- Brides, tuck a sugar cube into your glove -- according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten your union.
Source: The Knot