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Engagement Rings: 74% of all brides receive a diamond engagement ring. Of those, 60% are involved in picking out their ring, while 3% actually pick it themselves.

The practice of giving or exchanging engagement rings began in 1477 when Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, gave Mary of Burgandy a diamond ring as an engagement present.

Formal or Casual: 80% of brides plan formal weddings.

According to English folklore, Saturday, the most popular American choice, is the unluckiest day to marry!

The number of marriages in the U.S. has averaged 2.25 - 2.4 million every year for the past 20 years.

Oldest Bridal Tradition: The veil dates back to ancient Rome, when it was flame-yellow, always worn over the face, and called a flammeum.

Second Weddings: In almost half of U.S. weddings either the bride or groom has been married previously.

The history of "something blue":  In the rhyme 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue', "blue" is symbolic of the blood of royalty, since both the bride and the groom were once considered to be "royal" on their wedding day.

Strange But True: In Pennsylvania, Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk.

The kiss that is given by the bride to the groom at the end of the wedding ceremony originates from the earliest times when the couple would actually make love for the first time under the eyes of half the village!

The Wedding Party: The most frequent number of bridesmaids is 4 (including the maid of honor). 62% of weddings have a flower girl, while 56% have a ring bearer.

The reason that the engagement ring and wedding band is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand is because the ancient Egyptians thought that the "vein of love' ran from this finger directly to the heart.

Wearing White: Queen Victoria made white the bridal color of choice when she wore it to wed Prince Albert in 1840.

Engagement Rings74% of all

Wedding Costs - The average wedding costs $18,874 with 186 guests.

Wedding Costs - The average wedding in the United States costs between $20,000 to $25,000.

Wedding Costs - 2nd Time around - The average second wedding costs $12,000, but couples spend nearly double first time couples on their honeymoons.

Wedding Guests In the United States, an average of 189 guests attend each wedding.

Wedding Industry Weddings comprise a $25.3 Billion dollar industry.

Wedding Location in the United States, 85% of all weddings take place within a church or synagogue.

Wedding Planning 37% of all brides plan their weddings for 7 to 12 months.

Trivia source: www.Romancestuck.com

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