Fun facts about weddings we bet you didn't know!
The weather has picked up and summer is fast approaching, meaning that we’re heading for the most popular time for weddings in the UK.
According to You and Your Wedding, the most popular month for couples to marry is August, closely followed by July and September.
With July just around the corner, we’re taking a look at some facts and figures about weddings in the UK!
For example, we bet you thought the white dress was an age-old tradition dating back centuries.
But it turns out we have Queen Victoria to thank for brides in white dresses.
Unlike the royal brides before her, Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress on her wedding day.
Previous royals wore gowns embroidered with silver or white, while the general wedding attire for a bride in the rest of Europe and America was a gown of any colour they wanted – usually they wore the best dress they owned.
According to English folklore, Saturday is the unluckiest day to get married. Despite this, it has been the most popular day to get married for decades!
Traditionally a Wednesday is considered the best day to get married, while a Monday wedding is for wealth and a Tuesday wedding is for health.
Throughout 2012, the Office for National Statistics stated there was the equivalent of a marriage every two minutes in England and Wales.
And bridal website Confetti found that the average age of a bride in 2014 was 28 and the average age of a groom was 30.
The tradition of wearing a veil is thought to have stemmed from the ancient Greek and Roman belief that it protected the bride from evil spirits.
The phrase ‘tying the knot’ comes from wedding traditions including Celtic, Hindu, and Egyptian ceremonies where the bride and groom’s hands are physically tied together to show their bond as a married couple.
In a Christian wedding ceremony, the bride always stands on the left of the groom. This is because the groom needed to keep his right hand free to fight off other suitors.
It is thought the longest ever marriage was between Temulji Nairman and Lady Nairman from India. Their marriage lasted 86 years after they got married at five years old.
The popularity of weddings in June is often put down to the Roman goddess Juno, who rules over marriage, the hearth and childbirth.
January is the least popular month to get married.
According to Greek culture, brides should put a cube of sugar into their glove on their wedding day. This act is thought to sweeten the union between the bride and groom.
Most people wouldn’t think so, but according to Hindu tradition it is good luck to have rain on your wedding day!
Wedding website Hitched found that British brides and grooms still like to stick to tradition on their wedding day. A study found that in 2014, 83.9 per cent of couples would not see each other before the bride walked down the aisle.
Meanwhile, 9.1 per cent bravely said they would see each other on the morning of their wedding day. The remaining seven per cent were unsure whether they were superstitious or not!
The average bride decides on her dress around 11 months before her wedding day.
Tech-savvy brides now turn to Pinterest for wedding inspiration. Around 59 per cent of brides browse the social media site to find their ideal wedding dress.
In Victorian times it was thought to be unlucky to marry a man whose surname started with the same letter as hers.
Early British wedding cakes were round and flat and contained fruit and nuts. Queen Victoria may well be to blame for the increased size of wedding cakes in modern times – her wedding cake weighed 300 pounds!
Having a wedding cake stems from an ancient Roman tradition where guests broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head.
Bridesmaids also come from tradition in ancient Rome, where it was believed that evil spirits would attend the wedding in order to curse the marriage. The bridesmaids dressed the same as the bride so that the spirits would be confused, ensuring the marriage was not cursed!
It is thought Britain’s oldest bride was a woman who married one day before her 100th birthday.
Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was believed this finger contained a vein that led directly to the heart.
Now you’ve taken a look at our top wedding facts, why not take a look at our top personalised wedding gifts?
Gifts for the bride and groom
Swarovski Heart Wine Glasses - £44.99
Beautiful and unique, these wine glasses are engraved with a message of your choice – perfect for the bride and groom on their special day.
Featuring a heart-shaped design and three Swarovski crystals along with your message, these wine glasses are an intricate and special gift that they will always treasure.
Bride and Groom Pillowcases - £24.99
For a fun and unique gift on their wedding day, get the bride and groom their very own pillowcases!
One features the word ‘Groom’ and a bow tie while the other has the word ‘Bride’ and a flower image for the dot of the letter ‘i’.
Their names are printed on the appropriate pillowcase!
Personalised Wedding Memory Box - £19.99
Give the bride and groom a special gift that they can keep all their wedding memories safe in.
The handmade memory box features the couple’s names on the lid along with the wedding date, venue and a message from you!
It’s perfect for keeping special photographs, notes and keepsakes inside for a special trip down memory lane for the bride and groom.
Personalised Wedding Album - £24.99
A handmade wedding album is a great way to capture all those special wedding day memories.
The album is made up of card pages so the happy couple can let their creativity run wild and turn the album into a scrapbook-style book full of pictures, messages from guests and fun scraps to build an everlasting memory of the big day.
Gifts from the Bride and Groom
If it’s your big day you might want to treat some of your most special guests to a gift that will always remind them of your wedding.
For the Best Man
Cut Crystal Whisky Tumbler - £19.99
Treat your best man to his very own whisky tumbler engraved with a message from you to him.
He will always remember the special role he played on your big day every time he has a drink!
It’s a unique keepsake he can treasure and use for many years to come.
For your Page Boy
Personalised yo-yo - £14.95
Your little page boy will have worked hard on your big day to look smart and adorable for all your guests.
So why not treat him to a yo-yo that will always stand as a memory of your wedding.
What’s more, it is sure to keep him entertained throughout the day!
For your Usher
Engraved Satin Steel Hip Flask - £31.99
Choose a message to be engraved into the surface of the hip flask and create a lasting reminder of your big day for your usher.
For your Mum
Swarovski Spiral Vase - £44.99
Your special message to your mum is engraved into the surface of the Swarovski vase to create a unique gift she can always treasure and remember your wedding day by.
For the Father of the Bride
Dad... Of all the walks Wood Frame - 6 x 4 - £19.99
Give him a unique photo frame that he can capture one of his favourite pictures of your wedding in.
Features the words: ‘Dad… Of all the walks we’ve taken together this one is my favourite’ around the edge of the wooden frame.
Your own message to your dad is engraved into the wood at the bottom of the frame.
He can choose his favourite wedding photo of you both together so he can proudly display the frame and remember your wedding forever.
For the Father of the Groom
Father of the Groom Wood Frame 6 x 4 - £19.99
Add the date and year of your wedding and it will be engraved into the sides of the frame.
The top of the frame is engraved with ‘Father of the Groom’ and the bottom is engraved with a message of your choice to create a unique gift he will love.
It’s perfect for him to capture his favourite photo from your wedding day in.
For any wedding gifts no matter the recipient, you'll find the perfect one right here, take a look at our entire range of Personalised Wedding Gifts.