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Wedding Wise: Weird & Wonderful Facts About Weddings

Now, we’re not suggesting that any of you kids out there go and get married – marriage happens to most of us later in life, when we’re grown up, mature and have had some time to really discover ourselves and decide what we want from our lives. But maybe your older sister or brother is getting married soon or you’re just wondering where some of those strange traditions you see at most weddings come from… lucky you! We’ve got all the wedding trivia you would ever want (or need) to know.


June Bride

Ever heard the term "June bride"? It refers to the fact more people get married in June than any other month. Contrary to popular belief, this tradition did NOT come about because of the dependable weather. Actually, there are a number of interesting reasons J-U-N-E spells "marriage."


For instance, some classical scholars believe the month of June is actually named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. Fast-forward a few centuries and you'll find another good reason to book a banquet hall for June: according to one old wives' tale, "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."


Bridesmaid Blues

Bridesmaids' dresses: they're not just evil looking, they're evil-repellent. The reason bridesmaids all dress the same is actually because, in ancient Rome, several of the 10 witnesses required to make a wedding legal would dress identically to the bride and groom to confuse any evil spirits that might crash the ceremony. (Unfortunately, this doesn't explain why bridesmaids' dresses are so ugly…)


Ring Thing

Blame Greece (the civilization - not the film starring John Travolta) for the reason North Americans put their weddings rings on the third finger of their left hands. Ancient Greeks believed a vein in this finger ran directly to the heart.


And all those guys whose wallets are hurting after having to buy their fiancées an engagement ring and a wedding band, they can blame Pope Innocent III. In the 13th century, Innocent instituted a waiting period between engagement and marriage, and insisted a ring be used in the wedding ceremony. Before that, rings were only used to seal an engagement (as well as other important agreements).


Sealed With a Kiss

In ancient Rome, a kiss - considered legally binding - was used to seal a contract. And later on, a bride marrying in the Church of England had to plant one on the minister before she could smooch her groom! I don't know about you, but I'd personally love to go to a wedding where the minister said, "Now I may kiss the bride."


French Toast

When we drink to someone, we call it a "toast" because of an old French custom where a piece of bread was placed at the bottom of the wine cup for flavour. In France, partygoers would drink and pass the cup; when it reached the person being toasted, he would drain it - crouton and all.


Final Fling

Many things are thrown through the air at weddings: rice (for fertility), bouquets (for luck and protection) and, last but not least, garters (also for luck). In the good old days, before wedding dresses cost as much as small cars, people used to rip chunks of the bride's dress off for good luck.


A slightly related custom used to occur in long-ago England. The groom's friends would take off their socks and throw them; the first to hit the groom's nose would be the next to marry.

Left at the Altar

In Christian ceremonies, the bride stands on the left and the groom on the right. Where did this custom originate? You see, weddings used to be a lot more like the ones you watch on the soaps - with dastardly ex-suitors and other thugs often rushing the altar. Of course, some wedding crashers were heroes, trying to rescue a captured bride. Whatever the reason for the interference, the groom needed to keep his right hand free so he could grab his sword, thus the bride stood clear and to the left. Wonder what happened when the groom was left-handed?


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@country_girl19, I agree with Athena. She might not realize how she's making you feel and it's best to talk to her about it, if not it could get worse. If nothing changes after talking with her, then I think you should rethink things. @WatermelonCurlz, I don't really think you should hang around them that much. They don't listen to you or seem to really care about the fact that you've talked about getting different friends. I'm not saying to just cut them off all together, but I wouldn't stray from the idea of slowly distancing yourself.
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"WatermelonCurlz" wrote:OMG! OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?   You should probably just stop talking to them and stuff. don't sit by them at lunch and don't hang out with them at recess. they sound like they are not good friends. if it gets worse, just tell your parents if they don't already know. idk how good i am at advise. hope this helped.  ~JazzyRox
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OMG!OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?
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A perfect friend is one who respects your feelings and doesn't make fun of them but helps you feel better, who can drive you only slightly insane, and who will try to save you from embarrassing situations by making you see the funny side. :) :D
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