- In Asia, wearing robes with embroidered cranes symbolizes fidelity for the length of a marriage.
- Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.
- On her wedding day, Grace Kelly wore a dress with a bodice made from beautiful 125-year-old lace.
- Of course, Jackie Kennedy's bridesmaids were far from frumpy. She chose pink silk faille and red satin gowns created by African-American designer Ann Lowe (also the creator of Jackie's dress).
- In Japan, white was always the color of choice for bridal ensembles -- long before Queen Victoria popularized it in the Western world.
- 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.
- In Korea, brides don bright hues of red and yellow to take their vows.
- Brides carry or wear "something old" on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past.
- In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits!
- The "something blue" in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity, and love.
- Hey, brides, tuck a sugar cube into your glove -- according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten your union.
- The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. Yikes!
- In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the "best day" to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.
- The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.
- Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny -- it's the most popular day of the week to marry!
- Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.
- Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition!
- For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. Ouch!
- Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the evil eye. Find out about Muslim wedding rituals.
- Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.
- A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she'll never do without. Learn more about Swedish wedding traditions.
- A Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.
- Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony. See more Moroccan wedding customs.
- In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds' home as a symbol of fertility and luck.
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