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Queen Victoria started the Western world's white wedding dress trend in 1840 -- before then, brides simply wore their best dress.

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 Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits!(yeah, that's the ticket...)

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.

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").
WEDDINGS IN 2009

Here’s some wedding trivia—see where you and your fiancé fit in:

There are over 2.5 million wedding each year in the U.S.

Most Popular Months for Weddings in 2010 
     June - 11% 
     May - 10% 
     July - 10% 
     August - 10% 
     September - 10% 
     October - 9% 
     December - 8% 
     February - 7% 
     April - 7% 
     November  7% 
     March - 6% 
     January - 5% 

WEDDING TRIVIA

he average age for a bride is 24 years and for the groom is 28.

Most brides have four bridesmaids, including the maid of honor. 62% have a flower girl-56% have a ring bearer

74% of brides get a diamond engagement ring
60% of those brided were included in the selection process 3% actually pick the ring

80% of brides have formal weddings. 

At one time, brides placed their bouquets at cemetery grave sites, in remembrance of family members who were no longer alive.

The longest engagement on record was between Octavio Guillen and Adriana Martinez. They were engaged for 67 years. 

During the Roman Empire, couples were not considered to be legally married until they had shared a meal. 

Richard and Carole Roble, a couple from New York, have taken their vows 55 times, all in different locations and at least once in each of the fifty states. 

Originally, the tissue paper insert in an invitation envelope, was meant to blot the ink. Today, it's for looks only.

On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the United States.

Seventeen tons of gold is made into wedding rings each year in the United States.

Valentine's Day and New Year's Day are the two busiest wedding days in Las Vegas. 

Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.

Average cost for a wedding in 2010: $30,860 
     Photo and video (23%) - $3,691 
     Attire (17%) - $2,608 
     Ceremony (16%) - $2,527 
     Jewelry (13%) - $2,067 
     Flowers (13%) - $1,970 
     Favors and gifts (7%) - $1,122 
     Music (6%) - $953 
     Stationery (5%) - $848 

... Another $15,000 is spent on the reception alone.

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Honeymoons 
     99% of newlyweds take a honeymoon 
     30% of honeymooners will travel within the U.S. 
     Honeymoons last 7 to 9 days on average. 
     The average couple will spend three times more on their honeymoon than a regular vacation. 
     The most popular destinations are Las Vegas, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Jamaica. 

Who Pays? 
     Multiple sources - 53% 
     Couple pay alone - 30% 
     Parents pay - 17%