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Wedding Trivia (Continued)

TRADITION

In Roman times a man gave his bride to be a coin or gold ring as "down payment" for the bride and to show his good intentions to wed her.

By the 14th century, the bride's garter became so highly valued that guest would rush the bride at the altar to gain the garter's possession. Today, things have settled down consideerably. Now the groom throws the bride's garter to the unmarried men at the reception.

WEDDING CAKES

Wedding cakes can be traced back to ancient Rome. A simple wheat cake or biscuit was broken during the ceremony, with the bride and groom taking the first bites. The remainder was then crumbled over the bride's head to ensure a bountiful life with lots of children.

ENSURE GOOD LUCK

During the Elizabethan era, to ensure good luck, the bride and groom were encouraged to kiss over a stack of small sweet buns that formed a centerpiece on a table. In the 17th century, French bakers started to frost the stack of cakes with a white sugar frosting so that they would stay upright. Thus was born the tiered wedding cake that brides use today.

SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT WEDDING CAKES

It's bad luck for the bride to bake her own wedding cake.

The bride who samples her cake before it's cut will forfeit her husband's love.

When the bride saves a piece of her wedding cake, she ensures her husband's fidelity for life.

FACT

The bride and groom must make a public pronouncement that they want to marry this particular partner. By saying the words, "I, Mary, take thee, John," and vice versa, the wedding ceremony becomes legal.

THE FIRST DANCE

The traditional bride and groom's first dance represents the start of their new life together. After the first dance together, the bride dances with her father and the groom with his mother.