Post # 1
According to the Huffington Post, during the 15th century, people took their yearly baths in May and would generally get married in June. Just to be safe, brides carried bouquets to mask the smell of body odor. So THAT’s why June weddings got so popular!
Wedding ceremonies during the Greek and Roman eras included the use of herbs or flowers, often worn as garlands to bring good luck or ward off bad luck. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that bouquets as we know them came into fashion. Oh, I see, so originally the herbs and flowers frightened off evil spirits. hmmm, that’s good.
Post # 3
LOL @ carrying flowers in june to mask body odor. That really did make me laugh out loud. I love finding out what the real meaning is behind the things we do at weddings.
Here is another one: The reason why the groom doesnt see the bride before the wedding
A long time ago in the time where fathers would promise their daughters to wealthy men to be married, a few of the girls were a little less fortunate in the looks department. So when the wealthy groom would see the non pretty bride he would take off running. They finally came up with the tradition that groom would not see the bride before the wedding and she would remain veiled until they were officially married to avoid the groom running away.
My Fiance and I got a kick out of that one.
Post # 4
@NCPwedding: oh yeah, that’s true! funny.
and it used to be that the bridesmaids would dress fairly similar to the bride in case of invaders coming to kidnap the bride. that way, the Father of the Bride would try to pass off one of the bridesmaids as the bride for her to be kidnapped instead!
hmmm… perhaps the reasons for the deep, subconscious resentment we brides get from our ‘maids (sometimes! haha)
Post # 5
The whole concept of bridesmaids is pretty funny too. Apparently they are decoys and at one point even wore the exact same outfit as the bride, because if a bride came from a wealthy family, a maurader would try to kidnap her and hold her for ransom. Hence there would be a small army of identically dressed bridesmaids so the maurader would have a good chance of stealing the wrong woman.
Post # 7
I had also read somewhere (do not remember where) the reason for the girl changing her last name is so that others know who she “belongs” to. haha!
Post # 8
@mtnhoney: haha i cant wait to read these to my Boyfriend or Best Friend hes going to love this! thanks for the laugh!
Post # 9
Wow, so when you asked someone to be a bridesmaid, it now makes sense that the expectation is that they really just had to SHOW UP, otherwise you really were asking a little too much of them.
Please be my ransom buddy….and fluff this pom, stat!
Post # 10
I love learning the reasons behind wedding traditions!