1) Why does the Bride stand on the Groom's Left? The early Anglo Saxon groom had to defend his bride from would-be kidnappers, she stood to his left, leaving his sword-arm free. The "best" warrior in the tribe stood by the groom and was responsible for helping defend the bride, thus the placement for the modern day best man.
2) Why do we have a ‘best man’? The original duty of a "Best Man" was to serve as armed backup for the groom in case he had to resort to kidnapping his intended bride away from disapproving parents. The "best" part of that title refers to his skill with a sword, should the need arise.
3) Why wear a veil? Originally worn to prevent a young man from seeing his bride until after the ceremony – most useful in times of arranged marriages so that the groom could not flee at the altar!
4) Tying the knot? In many cultures around the world - including Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings, the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple's commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple (giving us the popular phrase "tying the knot").
5) That takes the cake! The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where revelers broke a loaf of bread over a bride's head for fertility's sake. The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.
6) Who wore the first ever white wedding dress? Anne of Brittany(in 1499), for her marriage to Louis XII of France.
7) Why do brides favor the color white? Queen Victoria (whose reign lasted from 1837-1901) made white fashionable. She wore a pale gown trimmed in orange blossoms for her 1840 wedding to her first cousin, Prince Albert. Everyone then started to copy her! It should be noted that a white wedding dress is no way indicative of the “purity” of the bride-to-be. Indeed, white is not accorded as a symbol of chastity, but of joy.
8) Why do the families sit on different sides of the aisle? In ancient days, fathers would offer daughters as peace offerings to warring tribes. Because of the hostility, the families were placed on opposite sides of the church to avoid bloodshed!
9) The Younger Sister. Legend says that if the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never finding a husband.
10) Why is the bride ‘given away’? Long ago, female children were deemed to be the property of their fathers. When it came time for marriage he was actually transferring ownership of his daughter to the groom. Today, often when the question is asked by a clergy during the ceremony, "Who gives this woman to be married to this man," the father's response is, "Her mother and I."
11) Why do we wear wedding rings? They represent a promise for eternal and everlasting love. The wedding ring is placed on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was traditionally believed that this finger was a direct connection to the heart.
12) Is the first kiss just a normal kiss? No ceremony is complete without the kiss. In fact, there was a time when an engagement would be null and void without one! From early Roman times, the kiss represented a legal bond that sealed all contracts. The kiss that seals the wedding is much more than a sign of affection. It has long been a token of bonding - the exchange of spirits as each partner sends a part of the self into the new spouse's soul, there to abide ever after.
13) Why Toast? Toasting comes from an ancient French custom of placing bread in the bottom of the glass - a good toaster drained the drink to get the "toast." According to legend, when a bride and groom drink their wedding toast, whoever finishes first will rule the family.
14) Why toss the bridal bouquet? With roots in England, it was believed the bride could pass along good fortune to others. In order to obtain this fortune, spectators would try to tear away pieces of the bride's clothing and flowers. In an attempt to get away, the bride would toss her bouquet into the crowd. Tradition says that the single woman who catches the bouquet is the one who will marry next.
15) Modern day Knights? The groom is supposed to wear a flower that appears in the bridal bouquet in his button hole. This stems from the medieval tradition of a knight wearing his lady's colors to declare his love.
Text Courtesy- Allen Weddings