10 Things You Didn’t Know About Weddings


Dr. Angela Thompson (sociology) is an expert when it comes to weddings. In fact, she teaches a class on it.

Sociology of Weddings explores the social dynamics of weddings and marriage in our society. From the origins of classic symbols of marriage to contemporary issues, the class provides an exceptionally diverse look at what marriage means around the world.

This Valentine’s Day, Dr. Thompson is sharing a few little-known facts about weddings.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Weddings

  1. We wear a ring on the fourth finger of the left hand because ancient people believed that finger had a vein that led directly to the heart.
  2. Ancient Romans considered yellow wedding veils to be good luck.
  3. Old English lore says that finding a spider on your wedding gown is good luck.
  4. The term “best man” originally referred to the groom’s friend who was most capable of fighting off the bride’s family while the groom kidnapped her.

  5. It is customary at Egyptian weddings for women to pinch the bride for good luck.
  6. In the Mexican wedding tradition, pearls are considered bad luck. They represent the future tears of the bride.
  7. Fruitcake is the traditional wedding cake flavor in the United Kingdom.
  8. December is the most popular month to get engaged.
  9. A “management ring” is worn by a groom to signify to the world that he is off the market.
  10. Over 100,000 weddings take place in Las Vegas each year. The average ceremony lasts ten minutes.