we travel in time back to the days of the Ancients, we can find the origins of
many superstitions and traditions. For instance, why, you wonder, does a bride
need to have bridesmaids? Bridesmaids are very important to the welfare of
the Bride! If you were to eliminate bridesmaids, then who would confuse the evil
spirits? Thats right, it was thought by the Ancient Egyptians that when
a couple were to wed, evil spirits would come to ruin the good mood and atmosphere
of the event with trickery and black magic. The bridesmaids main function were
to dress as extravagant as the bride to confuse the evil spirits.
man" is of Scottish origin and goes back many centuries to the time when
a prospective groom simply kidnaped the woman of his choice and carried her away
with him. Such a venture required courage and audacity as well as a good deal
of manpower. So the groom selected the bravest of his friends to accompany him.
They were known as "groomsmen" a term still used in some parts
of the country to describe ushers at a wedding. The closest and most valiant of
the bridegroom's associates became known as the "best man".
wedding cake first started with Ancient Egyptians as a cake of wheat or barley
and was broken over the brides head to signify fertility. But early
Roman bakers, whose art was held in highest regard, grew offended at the waste
of wheat. They began to bake small, hand-sized cakes to be eaten, not thrown.
Festive guests, fond of the tradition of pelting the bride, tossed the cakes anyway.
The Roman philosopher Lucretius offered this compromise: crumble the cakes over
the bride's head, and to further symbolize fertility, the bride and groom would
save a bit of the cake to feed each other. In the Middle Ages, when times were
hard in England, people were less willing to throw food. The sweet cakes evolved
to simple biscuits, and guests were encouraged to bring their own. After the eating
and yes, still some throwing the leftovers were collected into a
pile, to be distributed amongst the poor. The size of the pile quickly became
symbolic of the prosperity of the couple, who exchanged kisses atop the mound.
Ironically, it was this frugal practice that gave rise to the multitiered monolith
we are familiar with today. The French chef of King Charles II witnessed the cake-piling
ceremony and was appalled at the haphazard stack. Inspired to build an organized,
tiered work of iced art, it became the rage of all France. The During the reign
of King Edward II the cake was first (and since) iced white.
far as we know, the ancient Egyptians were the first to place a ring on the third
finger of the left hand to signify the marriage union. It was placed on that
finger because Egyptians believed that the "vein of love" ran from this
finger to the heart. They They used a ring because they believed that the circle
was the symbol for eternity. It represented perfection because it had no beginning
and no end. Rings
found in ancient Egyptian tombs were made of pure gold. The name or title of the
owner was engraved on the ring in hieroglyphs. The poorer citizens of Egypt wore
rings of silver, bronze, amber, ivory, or simply glazed pottery. Because gold
was precious to the early Romans, a gold ring symbolized everlasting love and
Edward VI of England decreed that the third finger on the left hand was to be
the ring finger. In the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, the left hand was designated
as the marriage hand. From the earliest times in our history, people have always
given advice to newly married couples such as "comfort each other,"
"respect one another," and "listen to each other." One of
my personal favorites is "Never yell at each other unless the house is on
... "FactMaster" & "What Makes Flamingos Pink?"
by Bill McLain