It's Always Been A Wedding Tradition, But I Never Knew The Real Reason Why The Ring Is Worn.
Chances are, you wore a white gown on your wedding day. You and your husband are likely wearing rings on your left hands as well, right? Traditions we all follow, but do you know why?
White Bridal Gowns
White wasn't always associated with wedding dresses. In fact, most dresses used to be colored. In 1840, however, Queen Victoria wed Prince Albert in a white wedding gown, and turned the bridal fashion world upside down. Since then, the white dress has been associated with virginity in brides.
Flash Those Pearly Whites
In 2009 a studied showed that the bigger the smile, the less likely to divorce. Yep, after ranking yearbook photos based on the mans smile, scientists found that those that had wide, inviting smiles were much less likely to end a marriage.
Put A Ring On It
In 1477 the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a beautiful diamond engagement ring to his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy. Since then, you're expected to propose marriage with a ring, placed on your betrothed's finger.
"Tie The Knot"
Ever wonder why people say "tie the knot?" Turns out, a tradition known as "hand fasting" was practiced in pre-biblical times. The couple would hold hands (his right with her right, his left with her left) in front of a witness, which would signify they were married for one year and one day. After that time was up, they would then renew permanently, or for an additional year and day.
Smooches In The Morning
Pucker up ladies and gentlemen! Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five times longer than those that don't.
There is a reason we wear our rings on the fourth finger from the right. In ancient times the Romans believed that this specific finger had a vein running through it, called "vena amoris" (the "vein of love") that lead straight to the heart.
Visual Vs. Mental
A study was done in 2007 which monitored the area of the brain that activated when a man was in love. No surprise, it was the visual area of the brain that lit up. For women though, it was memory. What does this mean? A man looks for fertility features in a woman, while the women tend to remember why the man would be a good mate and father. The findings confirm it is more anthropological than biological.
Get It Girl
Traditionally, it is the man proposing to the woman. However, women popping the question is becoming more and more popular. We can thank Scotland for this, as in 1288 it was the first European country to allow women to propose to men by law.
Stay Out Of Jail Card
Marriage reduces the risk of criminal behavior in high risk males by over 35%, according to a 2010 study. Unsure if it is marriage that makes men calmer, or more calm men that marry, we think it might just be that men don't want to get in trouble with the Mrs.
The bridal veil is a timeless and beautiful accessory, but the history behind it, not so much. Women traditionally wore veils to hide their faces until AFTER the exchanging of vows. No backing out now, buddy. Now a days though, they are seen and worn as elegant head pieces.
Now you know...
Now that you know the history behind all these great wedding traditions, would you still wear that veil? Will you start kissing your significant other in the mornings?
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