A ring with
a pair of clasped hands is one of the oldest symbols of "plighted
original function of the tissue paper, which is enclosed in a formal
wedding invitation, was to blot the ink. Nowadays, it's simply added
for the "look," or the "fun" of it.
years, brides placed their bouquets at gravesites in the cemetery, in
remembrance of family members who had "passed on."
In 1895, a
single color — pink — was fashionable for spring weddings. In
1900, yellow was the color most often selected.
The ring on
a posy holder is there to slip on a woman's finger.
time of the Roman Empire, couples were not officially married until
they had eaten together. Perhaps this was the beginning of the wedding
should be at least three knots in the ribbons of a bridal bouquet, to
represent husband, wife and child.
began wearing white for weddings as early as the sixteenth century;
wearing white was a reflection of family wealth. Only the wealthy
could afford a garment that would soil so easily, and be worn on only
were not popular for engagement rings until the nineteenth century,
when the exploitation of South American diamond deposits made it
the favorite color for a bride's dress during the eighteenth century,
and it was usually made of a heavy brocade.
German superstition held that pearls signified tears for the bride.
and carriage days, knotted favors of ribbon decorated the ears of the
horses which drew the bridal carriage.
societies frowned on the use of yellow for a wedding gown, as they
believed it was a sure sign of a wife's intention to cheat on her