February is a month filled with love. Not only do we celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day of showering those we care for with our love and affection, but we also celebrate Heart Health Month, and National Go Red for Women Day to celebrate the friends and family in our lives who are battling heart disease. Did you know, however, that there is another reason why February is Cupid’s favorite month? February is National Wedding Month, which means you have 28 (and sometimes 29) days this month to adore all things wedding!
While the fall and summer months may bring us more wedding ceremonies, the winter is a favorite time for couples to get engaged (love!) and it is also the time of the year filled with the most bridal shows, according to the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). This year, to help you celebrate National Wedding Month, we’re bringing you 20 fun facts about weddings, whether you are planning a wedding, planning to attend a wedding, or just love reminiscing about your own special day!
1. It is believed that a sapphire in a wedding ring will bring marital happiness (much love to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!).
2. New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day are favorite days for visitors in Las Vegas to elope.
3. The average number of wedding guests invited to U.S. weddings is 120.
4. An average of 115,000 weddings take place each year in Las Vegas.
5. The reason we wear our engagement and wedding rings on the fourth finger of our left hand is that it was once believed that a vein led from that finger directly to the heart.
6. Ever wonder why we use the term “honeymoon?” Ancient Norse couples went into hiding for 30 days, or one moon cycle, after their wedding. During this time, a family member would bring them a cup of honey wine.
7. In Egypt, brides are pinched for luck on their wedding day.
8. Scottish tradition declares that the color green is the unlucky color of the fairies, and should not be worn at a wedding.
9. The first known diamond engagement ring was gifted in 1477 from King Maximilian I of Germany to Mary of Burgundy (thank you King Maximilian!)
10. In the United States, June, September, and October are the most popular months to get married.
11. Seventeen tons of gold are spun into wedding rings in the United States every year.
12. In Greece, it was believed that a lump of sugar tucked into the wedding gown would bring sweetness to the marriage.
13. The most expensive wedding gown every created cost $12 million. It was a collaboration between designer Renee Strauss and jeweler Martin Katz and was designed to include 150 carats of diamonds.
14. Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed 300 pounds. Queen Victoria is also credited as starting the tradition of the white wedding dress back in 1840. Before Queen Victoria, brides often wore whichever dress they considered to be their very best on their wedding day.
15. Since it is believed that cranes are symbols of life-long fidelity, at Japanese weddings the presence of 1,001 white origami cranes is considered to be good luck.
16. Traditionally, flower girls throw rose petals at the bride’s feet to lead her to a sweet, plentiful future.
18. In Great Britain, it was considered good luck for the bride to kiss a chimney sweep on her wedding day, as chimney sweeps were believed to have the power to sweep away evil spirits.
19. It was believed that demons would be scared off by loud sounds, which began the tradition of ringing bells at the end of a wedding ceremony.
If you’re among the millions who will get engaged on Valentine’s Day this year, let us help you design your complete wedding stationery set. Our invitations are custom designed and handmade to ensure they are as unique as you and your groom!