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Make sure your wedding party get enough sleep before the big day!
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.
Beach weddings are pretty cool, but unfortunately this wedding party set up a little too close to the sea.
The poor bride! At least she seemed to take it well.
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!
- A marriage is said to be doomed if a bride wears her complete wedding outfit before the big day.
- It is also unlucky for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress until she arrives at the ceremony.
- 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!)
- It is unlucky for the bride or groom to wear their rings before the wedding ceremony.
- 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.
- Dropping the ring during the ceremony is allegedly a bad omen.
- 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.
- A bride will tempt fate by signing her married name before she is actually married.
- All the guests should eat some wedding cake to ensure good luck for the couple.
- 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.
Make sure your guests don't get too drunk.
An alcohol-free wedding never looked so good...