Why do we wear our wedding rings on the fourth finger of the left hand?
This is one of the things we take as it is and like so many other wedding traditions this custom has a certain origin.
More precisely the custom came to be in the 17th century during the Orthodox Church ceremony during which the priest used to put the wedding ring through the first three fingers saying “In the name of the Father”, “of the Son” and “of the Holy Ghost”, finally putting the ring on the fourth finger.
When you come to think of it, the ring finger seems the most elegant position for a ring so keeping the wedding ring there is a good idea.
Why do we hear bells tolling during the wedding day?
The history associated the bell tolling with the religious holy days and funerals but the bell sound at the wedding comes before the Christian times.
In the old days the sound of bells and another noise making items was chasing the bad spirits around the new bond between the two people joining their destiny.
The same reason has resulted into adding empty cans and bottles to the bride and groom’s car. Whether they chase bad spirits or just signal a joyous occasion the bells are tolling to celebrate happiness.
Why it is called “honey moon”?
When we say honey and moon separately putting them together does not make sense. Still it is good to know that in the ancient times the honey was considered an aphrodisiac and the newly weds were encouraged to consume it in order to increase their sexual appetite for their first month together.
Why do they throw rice on the newly weds when coming out of the church?
The custom comes from the Orient when the rice is believed to be a symbol of fertility. Over time in some places of the world the rice was replaced by confetti with exactly the same meaning.
Something old something new, something borrowed, something blue
This is an English tradition. The old represents tradition, the new represents the optimism and belief in the future, the borrowed is the symbol of taking from the happiness of others, and the blue is faithfulness and enduring love.
Why does the bride throw the bouquet and the garter?
In the 14th century the bride’s dress was thorn to pieces by the guests so her happiness should be shared. To save themselves from the embarrassment of getting naked, the brides decide to throw something from their outfit to the crowd. The garter seemed appropriate.
The bouquet is thrown so the bride’s fortune of finding the true love will be passed on to another future bride.