June is a popular month for weddings in many Western countries, likely because it is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth. The most popular months for weddings in the UK are July and August, followed by June and September. Many couples choose these months for their weddings due to the more favorable weather.
The tradition of exchanging wedding rings dates back to ancient Egypt, where they believed that the circular shape symbolized eternity.
In ancient Rome, a bride would wear a veil to ward off evil spirits and protect her from the "evil eye."
The world's longest wedding veil was over 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) long. It was worn by Maria Paraskeva in Cyprus in 2018.
The most expensive wedding ever recorded was between Vanisha Mittal, the daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, and investment banker Amit Bhatia. The estimated cost was around $60 million. The average cost of a wedding in the UK is around £17,000 to £20,000. However, this figure can vary significantly depending on factors such as location, number of guests, venue, and overall scale of the event. The largest wedding expenses in the UK typically include the venue, catering, photography, flowers, wedding attire, and entertainment. Couples often allocate a significant portion of their budget to the reception, ensuring that their guests have a memorable experience.
Queen Victoria of England is credited with popularizing the white wedding dress tradition in the Western world when she wore a white gown for her wedding in 1840.
The average cost of a wedding in the United States is around $30,000, but it can vary greatly depending on factors like location, number of guests, and overall extravagance.
The world's largest wedding cake ever made weighed around 6.8 metric tons (15,032 pounds). It was created in 2004 in Connecticut, USA.
Las Vegas, Nevada, is known as the "Wedding Capital of the World" and hosts over 100,000 weddings per year.
In South Korea, there is a tradition called "hanbok," where the bride and groom wear traditional Korean garments during the wedding ceremony.
The oldest recorded marriage certificate dates back to ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) and is over 4,000 years old.
The world record for the most bridesmaids in a single wedding is 126. It was set in Sri Lanka in 2013.
In Sweden, it is customary for the bride to carry coins in her shoes during the wedding to symbolize wealth and prosperity. Personalization and unique experiences have become prominent trends in UK weddings. Couples are opting for personalized vows, creative themes, interactive entertainment, and customized elements to make their weddings stand out.
The first wedding invitation sent via email was in 1993, forever changing the way we invite guests to weddings. The average number of wedding guests in the UK is around 80 to 100. However, this can vary depending on the couple's preferences and the size of their social circles.
The shortest wedding ceremony on record lasted only 1.5 seconds. It took place in London in 2012, and the couple said "I do" and kissed before the officiant finished the sentence.
Civil ceremonies, which are non-religious ceremonies conducted by a registrar, have become increasingly popular in the UK. They accounted for approximately 70% of all weddings in recent years, while religious ceremonies, such as church weddings, made up the remaining 30%.
The most popular wedding venues in the UK include hotels, country houses, stately homes, and barns. Outdoor and destination weddings have also gained popularity in recent years, with couples opting for unique and picturesque locations.
Popular honeymoon destinations for UK couples include tropical beach destinations such as the Maldives, Seychelles, and Bali, as well as European cities like Paris, Rome, and Santorini.