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The Weird and Wonderful World of Weddings - Weddings By The Numbers

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in Facts on August 31, 2012
Here are some interesting and unusual numerical facts about weddings.
  • 25% of couples have themed weddings. 
  • 10% of brides don’t wear a white or ivory wedding dress. 
  • 5% of couples sign a prenuptial agreement.

  • The average age of a bride and groom is 29 years old.
  • 18% of couples ask their guests to arrive in black-tie attire. 
  • 15% of wedding receptions are outdoors. 
  • 8% of grooms get a pre-wedding peek at the dress. 
  • 69% of brides wear a veil. 
  • The average length of an engagement is 17 months. 
  • 83% of brides try to lose weight before the ceremony. 
  • 7% of brides don't wear a wedding ring. 
  • 24% of brides wear some part of their mother’s wedding ensemble on their own wedding day. 
  • The average length of a honeymoon is 9 days. 
  • 20% of couples include purple in their wedding colour palette. 
  • 2% of bridesmaids will actually wear their dresses again.
  • The average cost of an Irish wedding is €22,000
  • 11% of weddings take place in June (the most popular month). 
  • 99% of newlywed couples go on a honeymoon.
  • The average number of wedding guests is 150.

  • 5% of weddings place in January (the least popular month)


The Weird and Wonderful World of Weddings - Record Breakers 2

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in Facts Funny on August 24, 2012

Here are a few more facts that put the average wedding to shame! 

  • The world’s most expensive wedding dress was especially created for the Luxury Brands Lifestyle Bridal Show in Marina del Rey,California. The dress is worth $12 million, and contains 150 carats’ worth of diamonds. 
  • The oldest bridesmaid on record is 105-year-old Edith Gulliford, who attended the wedding of Kyra Harwood and James Lucas at Commissioner's House inChatham,UK. 
  • The world’s most expensive wedding was that of Vanisha Mittal, daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, to investment banker Amit Bhatia. The six day event is the only private event to have ever been held at the palace at Versailles, and cost the bride's father $55 million. 
  • The longest train on a wedding dress is 1.86 miles (3km), and was worn by Italian bride Elena De Angelis at her wedding in Casal di Principe, Naplesin September 2011. A group of 600 people were drafted in to help carry her train. 
  • The largest dog "wedding" ceremony included 178 dog pairs at the Aspen Grove Lifestyle Center's "Bow Wow Vows" event in Littleton, Colorado, in 2007. 
  • The most expensive piece of wedding cake was bought for $29,900 and is 75 years old. It came from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's wedding in 1937, and was purchased at auction at Sotheby's in 1998. 
  • The largest underwater wedding took place in 2010 between Francesca Colombi and Giampiero Giannoccaro. It included 261 divers and took place at the Morcone beach, Capoliveri, Elba Island, Italy. 
  • The largest wedding bouquet measured over 197 ft long and was made using 1,500 flowers



The Weird and Wonderful World of Weddings - Celebrity Prenups

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in Facts Funny on August 03, 2012

Celebrities are known for their crazy behaviour and weird demands, so why should their prenups be any different? Here is a rundown of some of the more unusual prenup requests. 

  1. According to their prenup, Jessica Biel will make $500,000 if Justin Timberlake ever cheats on her.

  2. Keith Urban currently makes about $640,000 for every year he is married to Nicole Kidman. However, if he uses illegal drugs (he was once a cocaine addict) the prenup will become null and void and will receive nothing.

  3. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have allegedly drawn up a contract that states that she will retain full custody of her adopted children if they were to divorce. Now that they have had biological children also, it remains to be seen what will happen in the event of a divorce. (However, they need to marry first!)

  4. Katie Holmes received $3 million for every year she was married to Tom Cruise. After eleven years their prenup would have become void, and she would have been entitled to half of his fortune had she chosen to divorce him then.

  5. In their prenup, Denise Richards was guaranteed a $4 million bonus if Charlie Sheen ever cheated on her while they were married.

  6. Similarly, Catherine Zeta Jones will make an extra $5 million if Michael Douglas ever cheats on her. This is on top of the $2.8 million she makes every year for just being married to him!

  7. Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s prenup includes a clause that states that should they divorce, Khloe will get $5,000 a month for shopping, and $1,000 a month for beauty treatments. (Quite modest really in the grand scheme of things!)


The Weird and Wonderful World of Weddings - Royal Weddings

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in Facts Funny on July 27, 2012

Here is a selection of interesting and unusual historical facts about royal weddings. 

  • One of history's earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two years old at the time. 
  • Queen Victoria started the Western world's white wedding dress trend in 1840. Before then, brides simply wore their best dress. 
  • Princess Victoria established the tradition of playing Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" during her wedding processional in 1858. 
  • Approximately two billion people watched Prince William and Kate Middleton marry on April 29th 2011. 
  • All of Henry VIII’s wives were related to each other. 
  • Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed 300lbs. 
  • Half way through his wedding ceremony, the King of France (Philip I Augustus) decided he did not like his bride, and immediately after the ceremony had her locked up in a nunnery where she lived out her remaining years. 
  • Leopold II, King of the Belgians, was too ill to attend his own wedding. So for the 1853 ceremony to Marie Henrietta, the Austrian Emperor’s brother, the Archduke Charles, stood in for him. 
  • George IV got himself so drunk on the day of his wedding to Caroline of Brunswick that he had to be carried to the altar. 
  • Princess Mariadel Pozzo della Cisterno was unlikely ever to forget the day of her wedding to Amadeo, the Duke D’Aosta, son of the King of Italy, in Turin in 1867. Her wardrobe mistress hung herself, palace gatekeeper cut his throat, the colonel leading the wedding procession collapsed from sunstroke, the stationmaster was crushed to death under the wheels of the honeymoon train, the king’s aide was killed when falling from his horse, and the best man shot himself.


The Weird and Wonderful World of Weddings - Wedding Superstitions

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in Facts Funny Strange on July 20, 2012

Many of the wedding traditions we know today developed from ancient superstitions about the joining of husband and wife. The following are some of those superstitions that remind us that getting married is, and never was, something to be taken lightly!

  1. A marriage is said to be doomed if a bride wears her complete wedding outfit before the big day.
  2. It is also unlucky for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress until she arrives at the ceremony.
  3. If you can persuade a cat to eat out of your left shoe one week before the wedding good luck will bless your married life. (Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!)
  4. It is unlucky for the bride or groom to wear their rings before the wedding ceremony.
  5. Once the wedding ring has been placed on the finger, it is considered bad luck to remove it. If the ring accidentally comes off, your spouse must replace it on your finger.
  6. Dropping the ring during the ceremony is allegedly a bad omen.
  7. It is said that evil spirits cannot harm someone inside a circle, and so this may be why brides wear veils and wreaths on their heads.
  8. A bride will tempt fate by signing her married name before she is actually married.
  9. All the guests should eat some wedding cake to ensure good luck for the couple.
  10. A couple is said to be doomed to a life of poverty if they come across a nun or a monk on their way to the church.



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