Trivia: Did You Know?
?In Victorian ages, the bride originally tossed her bouquet to a friend as she left the festivities to keep that friend safe (by warding off evil spirits, of course) and to offer her luck; this came to mean that the single woman who caught the bouquet would marry next.
?The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress
means good luck.
?Queen Victoria started the Western world's white wedding dress trend in 1840 -- before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
?The bride stands to the groom's left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.
?It is believed the Pharaohs of Egypt first used the circle, a shape with no beginning or end, as a symbol of eternity, but wearing a ring as a public pledge to honor the marriage contract did not become customary until Roman times. The earliest rings were made of simple iron, but gold rings set with gems were fashionable by medieval days. The most popular gems were symbolic -- a red ruby was the color of the heart, a blue sapphire reflected the heavens -- but the most coveted and powerful gem was the indestructible diamond.
?In Egypt, the bride's family traditionally does all the cooking for a week after the wedding, so the couple can…relax.
?An old wives' tale: If the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never landing a husband.
?Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of groom's cake under their pillows.
?Have you ever wondered why the bride’s family is seated on the left side of the church and the groom’s side is seated on the right? The tradition stems from medieval times when men wore swords on their right side. It is said they needed that side free in order to draw their sword and protect his bride.
?That something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue means? Old ties to the past, New hope for the future, borrowed friendship, blue for faithfulness.
*Princess Victoria established the tradition of playing Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" during her wedding processional in 1858.
*Most expensive wedding ever? The marriage of Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum's son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. The price tag? $44 million.
*Priscilla Presley's engagement ring was a whopping 3 1/2-carat rock surrounded by a detachable row of smaller diamonds.
*On her wedding day, Grace Kelly wore a dress with a bodice made from beautiful 125-year-old lace.
*At Jackie Kennedy's wedding, she chose her bridesmaids pink silk faille and red satin gowns created by African-American designer Ann Lowe (also the creator of Jackie's dress).
!In the past, brides almost always took the grooms last name, but in these modern times you can: Take your husband’s last name, take your husband’s last name and keep your maiden name as your middle name such as Hazel Dean, becomes Hazel Dean Anthony, both keep your own names, both could adopt a whole new name, you could hyphenate your name such as Hazel Dean-Anthony, but whatever you decide, both of you need to talk about it.
!Make sure the marriage license are sent back to the county clerk’s office.
!Contact your Life Insurance Company and change your beneficiary (if necessary).
!Take a long hard look at your credit cards and see which ones you should cancel if they are duplicated and if you can get rid of the high interest ones or at least consolidating them.
!If both of you have insurance (medical, dental, vision, prescription, etc.), you will need to check on the better rate and coverage and see about canceling the insurance you do not need.
!If you have a will, be sure and update it.
!On savings and checking accounts, you may want to put them together or you may want to keep an account in each of your names. Some couples have a joint account for all household expenses and an individual account for other things.
Don't' forget to change your name/address on the following:
*Social Security Card (call 800-772-1213)
*Bank and any other financial institutions
*Credit Cards and Department Store Credit Cards
*Voter Registration cards