Ignorant Facts: Marriage

Marital Sex Facts

  1. The average married couple has sex 68.5 times a year
  2. Marriage does more to promote life satisfaction than money or sex
  3. Sex is directly correlated to satisfaction in marriage.
  4. 59% of women & 50% of men say love turns them on more than anything else
  5. More than 50 percent of women and 68 percent of men described their sex life as predictable, very predictable, or extremely predictable, according to iVillage survey.

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Wedding Veil Facts

Woman wearing wedding veil
  1.   It’s commonly believed that a bride wears a veil to present herself anew to her bride, but that’s not quite right. The real tradition started with brides protecting themselves against evil spirits. In creepier Roman news, brides were draped from head to toe in red sheets to make it appear they were ablaze. Why? To scare evil spirits away of course!

Kissing Facts

Lips kissing sexy woman man
  1. Husbands who make a habit of kissing their wives each morning have also made a habit of living longer than their prude counterparts. Five years longer in fact.

Engagement Ring Facts

Diamond wedding ring
  1. The month with the most engagement ring purchases is December. I know you probably thought it would be February.
  2. In the United States alone, 17 tons of gold are consumed to make wedding rings each year. Today’s average engagement ring costs a little more than $3500 with the most expensive on record being $8.8 Million, given to Elizabeth Taylor of course
  3. People from the USA, Canada, UK and France wear the ring on the left hand. Those from Russia or India wear it on the right hand.
  4. According to a famous wedding planning company, less than half of the women who got proposed to liked their engagement ring.
  5. Over 50% of men involve their girlfriend in selecting the ring.

More Ignorant Wedding Facts

  • The practice of dusting the wedding aisle with flower petals is a fairly literal metaphor. Flower girls throw flower petals for the bride to conjure up a sweet and plentiful wedded life.
  • The cost of the world’s most expensive wedding dress was 12.2 million dollars. Not the wedding. The wedding dress. Martin Katz and Renee Strauss were the designers behind this gown featuring 150 carats worth of diamonds.
Man wo.an huge wedding cake
  • The record-setting weight of Queen Victoria’s wedding cake. This is one of those facts about weddings that’s hard to wrap your head around, but it looks to be about 8 feet tall and reported to be 9 feet around which accounts for its weight. More impressive is the artistic detail that goes into every square inch.
  • The longest recorded wedding lasted 91 years and 12 days
  • Couples who get married between the ages of 28 and 32 are far more likely to stay together for the long haul
  • Couples who spend more than 5 hours a week together – compared to average couples – have the most successful marriages
  • The tradition of carrying the bride across the threshold is to protect her against evil spirits. Evil spirits seem to be a pretty common theme with weddings. Sourced back to ancient Rome, new houses were suspected to carry the angry spirits of those who inhabited the home prior to the happy new couple moving in. Carrying the bride would prevent her from tripping through the doorway and circumvent bad luck.
  • The original translation of the word “bride” is a Proto-Germanic word meaning “cook”. Not cool guys.
  • In ancient China, eyebrows are considered highly attractive causing the practice of shaving the bride’s eyebrows so that other men don’t become enamored.
  • Brides from ancient Greece believed that tucking a lump of sugar into their gown would summon good luck throughout the marriage. Some modern brides continue the superstition but prefer to stuff the sugar somewhere more comfortable like in their glove.
  • The custom of groomsmen came about in an odd fashion. The groom, with the help of his groomsmen, would kidnap the bride and whisk her off to the altar. Although this practice became rather sweet over time, it’s believed that this originated with child brides or skipping out on bride fees. Not such a romantic start, but we got there eventually.
  • In  many older civilizations, mostly originating from UK wedding traditions, the marriage ceremony consisted of Handfasting, literally binding the couple’s hands together with rope. This is where we get the term.
  • Medical science wasn’t as advanced when marriage Christian wedding facts were being forged as they are today. It was commonly believed that a vein ran from the fourth finger directly to the heart, which is why it was chosen as the “ring finger”.
  • The most expensive wedding on record comes in at $44 Million!! The lucky couple tied the knot in Dubai on May 22, 1981.
  • The Evil Eye is an ancient Middle Eastern legend of misfortune and injury. Brides adorn henna tattoos on their feet and hands to ward off the wretched curse.
  • Even today, Egyptians carry the practice of pinching the bride for good luck on her wedding day.
  • The tradition has evolved slightly over the years. Instead of eating cake, ancient cultures broke bread – over the bride’s head – to provoke fertility. This isn’t uncommon as food plays a major role in weddings and fertility from many different cultures. The Japanese, for example, serve herring roe (fish eggs) and sushi for the same reason while Mexicans serve roasted goats..