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Weddings aren't always about white dresses, blubbering bridesmaids and drunken antics. Here are some of the more unusual wedding facts.
- In 1976, Los Angeles secretary Jannene Swift officially married a 50lb rock. The ceremony was witnessed by more than 20 people.
- In Egypt, women will pinch the bride for good luck.
- Every day 26,000 couples are married in China.
- According to English folklore, Saturday is the most unlucky day of the week to be married; however, it is also the most popular.
- In Bali, part of the wedding ceremony consists of the bride holding a cloth in front of the groom, who then strikes it with a dagger.
- In Anglo Saxon times, a man could divorce his wife on the grounds that she was too passionate.
- Impotence is grounds for divorce in 24 states in the US.
- The Penan nomads, who live on the island of Borneo, maintain that women do not have a soul until their wedding day.
- Pets can be ‘married’ in a ceremony that costs approximately €100 and includes a certificate, a cake, and a minister who unites the animal couple.
- In Montana, even if neither the bride or groom shows up to the ceremony, the couple can still be married. Representatives recite the vows and sign the marriage license on behalf of the couple.
Here is a selection of quotes from well known people on the subject of marriage.
- "The man who says his wife can't take a joke, forgets that she took him." - Oscar Wilde
- “The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.” - H.V. Prochnow
- "A man's wife has more power over him than the state has." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.” - Rodney Dangerfield
- "Behind every great man there is a surprised woman." - Maryon Pearson
- “They say love is blind...and marriage is an institution. Well, I'm not ready for an institution for the blind just yet.” - Mae West
- "A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished." - Zsa Zsa Gabor
- "I haven't spoken to my wife in years. I didn't want to interrupt her." - Rodney Dangerfield
- “Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits and then complain that he's not the man she married?” - Barbra Streisand
- "The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his chequebook open."
- Groucho Marx
- “Marriage is a wonderful invention: then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.” - Billy Connolly
- “It's a funny thing that when a man hasn't anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married.”
- Robert Frost
Even if you're the type of person who walks under ladders to prove a point, ignores magpies and black cats, and functions normally on Friday the 13th, you can bet that on your wedding day you’ll be clutching something old and donning something blue. In order to achieve the least amount of bad luck, and generally live a curse free existence, follow this sage advice from bygone times below.
- Choosing the right day of the week:
“Monday for wealth
Tuesday for health
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday for no luck at all”
- Choosing the best month of the year:
“Married when the year is new, he'll be loving, kind and true.
When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden and for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you'll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you'll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labour for their daily bred.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see
Marry in September's shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.”
Here are some wedding facts that go way above and beyond what is considered “average” for a wedding!
- Weighing a whopping 15,032 pounds (6.8 tons), the largest wedding cake ever was made by chefs at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino in Uncasville,CT, and displayed for show in February 2004. The cake was about 600 times the weight of an average wedding cake!
- Minnie Munro from Australia is the oldest bride to marry. She was 102 years old when she married her boyfriend of 82 years.
- An engagement between a Mexican couple lasted for 67 years before they finally married in 1969.
- When bride Christa Rasanayagam married Arulanantham Suresh Joachim in 2003, they broke not one but two records - the most bridesmaids to one bride (79), and the most ushers to one groom (47).
- Temulji Nairman and Lady Nairman hold the record for the longest ever recorded marriage of 86 years. They were married at 5 years old.
- In 1993, over 30,000 guests attended a wedding in Jerusalem, making it the largest wedding attendance on record.
- Elton John once charged £2 million to secure him singing at a wedding.
- Approximately two billion people tuned in to see Prince William marry Kate Middleton on April 29th, 2011. It is the largest audience for a televised wedding ever.
Your wedding is meant to be your day, and one of the most important in your life. A big white wedding certainly isn’t for everyone, and today many couples are choosing a wedding far more in tune with their own personalities and interests. Pirates, superheroes, bungee jumping, underwater weddings, you name it, it’s been done! Why not join the couples who have been brave enough to shun the formal wedding and marry in the most memorable way possible?! Here are some examples to get you inspired:
- Last July, Sharon Wetherell and Neil Vaughan of Devon, England, tied the knot while dressed as their favourite superheroes. As the Wonder Woman theme music played, Wetherell, 40, made her entrance at the ceremony wearing blue hot pants, a red corset, boots, tiara and a veil, while the groom dressed as Batman. The couple’s friends and family also dressed as superheroes, including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Robin, Poison Ivy, Lara Croft, and the Joker. Holy matrimony Batman!
- Tracey and Vivian Williams, from Wales, tied the knot in last May by dressing up as two of their favourite movie characters: the green ogres Shrek and Princess Fiona. Tracey, 33, said the themed wedding idea suited her and her new husband perfectly. The couple saw “Shrek” on their first date and have been huge fans ever since. To prepare for their wedding ceremony the couple covered themselves in green body paint and fixed fake green ears to the tops of their heads. Tracey also wore a bright red wig to complete the Princess Fiona look.
- An Iowa couple who love bowhunting wore camouflage to blend in with the wooded backdrop at their treetop wedding. Kim Silver, 42, dressed in a custom designed silk gown made by camouflage specialists Mossy Oak, while her 61-year-old groom, Marvin Hunter, dressed in camouflage shirt and pants. Silver said the pair hunt together so much that their treetop hunting platform wedding "just seemed like the right thing to do."
- A Southern California couple wed in front of more than 100 guests at a Home Depot store where they work. The wedding party for Carolyn Weatherly, 56, and Audwin Mosby, 55, marched down an aisle of light bulbs and paint to the outdoor garden section. A wedding stage had been built for the couple from the store’s lumber and supplies. The bride said the store is like a second home and her colleagues are like family.
- Voodoo Doughnut, in Portland, Oregon, has an entire menu dedicated to wedding services. It includes a variety of matrimonial options to suit different budgets, such as the “Legal Voodoo Wedding” package for $200, which includes a wedding ceremony, coffee and doughnuts for 24 people, a 700-square-foot chapel, free parking, and a doughnut centerpiece. So far the two Voodoo Doughnut locations have married off more than 300 couples!
- Jack Frankel, 75, and Fina Nikolos, 67, met in May 2009 at a supermarket in Coral Springs, Florida. It had been raining heavily and Fina offered to walk Jack to his car with an umbrella. He later thanked her by taking her out to lunch. In January 2010, the two returned to the same place where their love began for a small wedding ceremony in the store's cafe. About 40 guests attended the ceremony, and store employees and customers looked on and applauded.