Wedding Wednesday: Wedding fun facts

wedding facts infographicThere’s no shortage of fun, random, weird, unique and interesting wedding facts that can be found searching the web. We’ve pulled together many of the ones we found the most interesting.

Although most of these are fun facts, it’s questionable whether some are facts and the original source isn’t always clear since they’ve been shared so many times through the years. But that’s enough of the disclaimer — now on to the random fun facts:

Only 2 percent of bridesmaids will actually wear their dresses again (MSN Living)

One in four couples include purple in their wedding color palette. (MSN Living)

24 percent of couples have themed weddings. (MSN Living)

One out of every 10 brides doesn’t wear white or ivory. (MSN Living)

31 percent of brides wear a veil. (MSN Living)

You can squeeze 70 songs into an average four-hour-long reception. (MSN Living)

Wedding and engagement rings have been worn on the fourth finger of the left hand since ancient times. The Romans believed a vein in this particular finger, called “vena amoris” (a.k.a. the “vein of love”), leads directly to the heart. (Woman’s Day)

The practice of a bridal registry was first instituted by Chicago-founded department store Marshall Field’s in 1924 at its Marshall Field and Company Building (Wikipedia)

The average age for a first-time bride is 27; for a groom it’s 29. (

The top wedding destinations are Las Vegas (100,000 weddings/year) and Hawaii (25,000 weddings/year) (

80% of weddings are performed in churches or synagogues. (

The most popular months for weddings are (in order): June, August, September, October and May. (

74% of couples said “Let’s just elope” at some point during the engagement.  (Bridal Guide)

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

35% of wedding occur in the summer; 29% in the spring; 23% in the fall; 13% in the winter. (

World Marriage Day is the Sunday before Valentine’s Day. (

The most expensive wedding cake ever commissioned cost $30 million. The confection was made by Buddy Valastro (better known as Cake Boss from the famed TLC cake show) at the request of NYC socialite Devorah Rose for her diamond gala event. According to reports, $30 million worth of jewels — including sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds — adorned the cake. (

One of the largest wedding cakes ever made in the U.S. was built for the Mohegan Sun casino at 17 feet tall and 15,032 pounds. The bakers used 10,000 pounds of cake batter and 4,810 pounds of frosting to create the towering confection. (

Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. It’s the most popular day of the week to marry. (

Next week, we’ll take a look at some of the wedding traditions from around the world.

What facts do you find the most interesting? What ones are we missing?


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